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  February 4, 2016 Edition  
      The Board of Boardman Township Trustees intends to contract for professional design services for various capital projects throughout the township including a fire station. Firms interested in being considered to provide design services should reply with a statement in qualifications no later than 4PM on Feb 19th, 2016. Statements received after this deadline will not be considered.
      Statements of qualifications should include information regarding the firm’s history, education and experience of owners and key technical personnel, the technical expertise of the firm’s current staff, the firm’s experience in performing similar work specifically fire station design, availability of staff, the firm’s equipment and facilities, references; and any previous work performed for the Board of Boardman Township Trustees or other Mahoning County Governmental Agencies. Firms may submit one (1) copy of the Statement of Qualifications.
      Statements of qualifications should be transmitted to:
      8299 MARKET STREET
      BOARDMAN, OHIO 44512
      As required by Ohio Revised Code Section(s) 153.65-71, responding firms will be evaluated and ranked in order of qualifications. Following this evaluation, the Board of Boardman Township Trustees will enter into contract negotiations with the most highly qualified firm.
  Middle School Realignment Will Maximize Educational Opportunities For Students  
  February 4, 2016 Edition  
     By unanimous vote last week, the Boardman Local School Board voted to place all fifth and sixth grade students in the local system into Center Middle School, and all seventh and eighth grade students will attend Glenwood Middle School, effective next fall.
      The local schools system has housed fifth thru eighth grade students at Center and Glenwood since 1969 when total enrollment at the two schools was near 2500 students.
      More than four decades later, that enrollment has declined substantially to near 1400 students.
      Despite the declining enrollment, Supt. Frank Lazzeri said federally-mandated legislation passed in the 1970s, the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act, forced Boardman Local Schools to expand opportunities for children with educational challenges.
      “This legislation expanded ten-fold the need to provide extra space in schools for special education classrooms. Consequently, though our middle school enrollment today is about one-half of what it was in 1969, we are bursting at the seams and are in need of space at that level,” Lazzeri said.
      The move to realign the middle schools will help to maximize educational and extra-curricular opportunities for students, the superintendent said.
      Teacher/pupil ratios will be lowered to levels near one teacher for every 20 students, and the curriculum will be geared to providing the same instruction for all students, Lazzeri said.
      Additionally, middle school athletic programs will be more competitive.
      Another factor in the realignment, according to the superintendent is federal funding formulas that provide funds for educational programs.
      Currently about 35 per cent of the 588 students at Center Middle School receive free or reduced-price lunches, while about 40 per cent of the 739-member student body at Glenwood gets free or reduced-priced lunches.
      “That five per cent makes a big difference when applying for many federally-funded grants,” the superintendent said, noting Glenwood received upwards of $125,00 last year in grants funds that Center was not eligible for because of the ratio of free and reduced-priced lunches.
      “Under the realignment, both schools will qualify for the same level of federal funding,” he added.
      Details of the realignment are still being finalized, especially bus transportation.
      “The realignment could increase our transportation costs by at least $60,000, or perhaps a bit less by consolidating some bus routes,” the superintendent said.
      Once the transportation plans are finalized, the system will hold a public meeting to inform the public about middle school plans for next year.
      Presenting reports to the school board last week on the realignment were Lazzeri, Center principal Randall Ebie, Glenwood principal Bart Smith, newly-named Supt. Tim Saxton, and Nick Hewko, middle school athletic director.
      Other Business
      The school board approved a variety of modifications to its student transportation services. Among those modifications was a stipulation limiting the number of bus stops, “so that students from several homes can meet safely at a central point for group pick-up. Pupils in kindergarten through eighth grade may be required to walk up to a half-mile to a designated bus stop...”
      Another modification noted “As part of the district’s ongoing program to improve student discipline and ensure the health, welfare and safety of those riding school transportation vehicles, the school board may also utilize video and audio recording devices on all...vehicles transporting students to and from curricular, co-curricular and extra-curricular activities.”
      The school board approved the transfer of West Blvd. Elementary School head custodian, Rick Hungerford, to first assistant custodian at Boardman High School.
      Parental leaves of absence were granted to Stadium Dr. phys-ed teacher Kendal Daltorio, high school phys-ed teach Kristi Schenker and Glenwood Middle School science teacher Samantha Steel; while unpaid leaves of absence were granted to Glenwood Middle health aide Mary Neff, and high school teacher aide, Nancy Oslin.
      Supplemental contracts were granted to Steve Stahura, Center Middle girls track coach; Dylan Bosela, high school open gym supervisor; Dan Gainey and Marco Marinucci, high school girls assistant softball coaches; and Mike Trell, high school head softball coach.
      Approved as volunteer coaches were John DePietro, John Pallini, John Phillips Jr., Rick Sypert, Victoria Moore, Ashlee Frazini and John Phillips Sr., high school indoor assistant track coaches; Luke Graziani, high school wrestling coach; and David Merry, high school lacrosse head coach.
      The board granted Joyce Mistovich a $5500 stipend as compensation for her work with the high school television network.
      The school board accepted two donations from former board member mark J. Fulks, $400 to the Soller Scholarship Fund, and $100 to the Board of Edcuation/Administrative Scholarship Fund.
      The board adjourned into an executive session.
  Medical Alliance Fashion Show To Benefit Children’s Charities Of The Mahoning Valley  
  February 4, 2016 Edition  
     Alliance will host it’s 12th Annual Champagne Brunch and Fashion Show on Thurs., Mar. 3 at the Maronite Center. All proceeds will benefit Mahoning Valley Children’s Charities.
      The event will begin with a social and raffle at 10:00 a.m. followed by a champagne brunch that includes Lenten selections. A style show will follow presented by Lilly Pulitzer of Legacy Village featuring Alliance members, children and friends as models. Macy’s of Southern Park Mall will be doing hair styling and makeup. Music by Leann Binder/Songmill Studio.
      Cost for the brunch and fashion show is $30 per person, or $40 grand patron. To reserve tickets call the Mahoning Valley Medical Society by Feb. 18 at 330-533-4880. Alliance members will also be selling tickets for a grand Raffle to include: Two tickets to see Carrie Underwood with dinner; Fairchild Baldwin Necklace from Ivory & Birch; Mariana jewelry set from Aebischer’s Jewelry and an Isabelle Bed Bench. Tickets are $5 each or 5 for $20. Need not be present to win.
      Arrangements for the fundraiser are being made by co-chairpersons Carol Sankovic and Diana McDonald and committee members: Katie Altenhof, Tracy Butler, Cassi Calderon, Jenna Cicchillo, Gloria Detesco, Therea Devine, Shelley Duffet, Tammy Engle, Karyn Frederick, Anita Gestosani, Donna Hayat, Paula Jakubek, Rachel Mullis, Jill Neidig, Tricia Potesta, Phyllis Ricchiuti, Elizabeth Roller, Heather Vitvitsky, Barb Vrable and Susan Yarab.
      The Alliance is a volunteer organization comprised of physician spouses who provide support to the community through health education, legislation, community service and fundraising.
  YMCA Hosts 3rd Annual Five-Squared Art Show  
  February 4, 2016 Edition  
     The Davis Family YMCA will host its 3rd annual FIVE-Squared benefit art show and sale Feb. 7-Mar. 7 at the McClurg Road facility.
      An opening reception, free and open to the public, will be held on Sun., Feb. 7, from 1:00 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.
      This year more than 200 local, national, and international artists have donated 610 five-inch by five-inch pieces of art. Among the donations are pieces from disabled children at a Russian orphanage. All of the art, both amateur and professional, is offered for sale for $25 (adult) or $10 (youth) each.
      In addition, seven larger works will be presented at a silent auction, featuring pieces by local artists Al Bright, Nancy Hawkins, Jim O’Malley, Paula Smith, Gary Taneri and Don Wright,
      All proceeds from the event fund the Art Outreach project, which makes it possible for under-served children in Youngstown to receive art lessons.
      All of the art can be viewed online at For more information, call (330)-480-5656.
      Suzanne Gray is the Davis YMCA Arts & Humanities coordinator.
  Orchid Exhibit  
  February 4, 2016 Edition  
     Mill Creek MetroParks will exhibit Jewels of Winter: Orchids at the D.D. and Velma Davis Education & Visitor Center through Mar. 13.
      Orchids are a jewel of the plant world, full of color. During the heart of winter, find the spirit of the tropics at the Davis Visitor Center and observe many exotic beauties on display. Classes on orchid care are available.
      Hours to visit the exhibit and the Davis Visitor Center are Tuesday through Sunday, from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. For questions and more information, call Fellows Riverside Gardens at 330-740-7116.
  Ms. Guidos, Mr. Mastramico Mooney Distinguished Alumni Honorees  
  February 4, 2016 Edition  
     The Cardinal Mooney Alumni Association presented its 2016 Distinguished Alumni Awards at a prayer service at 10:45 a.m. on Jan. 27.
      This year’s recipients are Ms. Patricia Guidos, a 1959 graduate; and Thomas Mastramico, who graduated in 1972. The awards are presented annually to graduates who, “demonstrate a continuing concern and dedication for others by embracing the Cardinal Mooney motto of Sanctity, Scholarship, and Discipline.
      Ms. Guidos graduated from Youngstown State University and has completed graduate work at The Ohio State University, the University of Michigan, and Michigan State University. Her career spanned 30 years in the telecommunication industry at Sprint. She traveled extensively across the United States and Europe, holding positions of increasing seniority in management. Upon returning to the Valley in 2001, she began volunteering for many years at St. Elizabeth’s Hospital (Mercy Health) and its cancer center. Currently, she volunteers as a Certified Hospice Champion, also giving time to the St. Vincent de Paul Kitchen, the Poland Pantry, and the Dorothy Day House.
      Mr. Mastramico graduated in 1977 from Youngstown State University, with a bachelor’s degree in music education. He has been instrumental in directing all of the bands in the elementary schools in the Diocese of Youngstown. He plays the trumpet for many churches on special occasions and holidays. He has also played in concert bands, musicals, and the band The Executive Collection.
      Mr. Mastramico resides in Boardman with his wife Jolene. He is a member of St. Luke Parish and is involved with the music ministry program, Knights of Columbus, and the Holy Name Society. He and his wife have two children, Nicholas and Christa.
      Cardinal Mooney President Rev. Gerald DeLucia notes, “Both honorees reflect the ideals of Cardinal Mooney in all that they do. Ms. Guidos and Mr. Mastramico have been positive role models to those that they have touched in their communities. We are proud to name them as our Distinguished Alumni for 2016.”
      Prepared by Cardinal Mooney student Gwen Sieman, under the direction of Mike Latessa,
      school vice president.
  Boardman Schools Fund For Educational Excellence  
  Reverse Raffle Mar. 11 :   February 4, 2016 Edition  
     The Boardman Schools Fund for Educational Excellence will host their First Annual Reverse Raffle Dinner on Mar. 11 at Holiday Inn, 7410 South Ave., Boardman starting at 6:00 p.m.
      Reverse Raffle, Basket Raffle (Baskets donated by students and faculty of Boardman Schools), and a silent auction.
      Dinner tickets are $50, Individual ticket plus a patron listing in program is $100. Sponsorships are available. Call Jody Stepan at 330-726-3404 for tickets or more information.
      The Boardman Schools Fund for Educational Excellence is a component fund of The Community Foundation of the Mahoning Valley, a non-profit organization providing funding for projects to further the educational experience of students.
      Visit for more information.
  January 28, 2016 Edition  
      Resolution No. 16-01-25-04
      A resolution for the control of dogs in Boardman Township, specifically the conditions under which a dog may be tethered outdoors.
      The Board of Trustees of Boardman Township, Mahoning County, Ohio met in regular session on January 25, 2016 at the Boardman Township Government Center, with the following members present: Brad Calhoun, Tom Costello, and Larry Moliterno.
      Mr. Calhoun/Costello/Moliterno moved the adoption of the following resolution:
      Whereas, Ohio Revised Code Section 955.221(B)(2) authorizes the Board of Trustees to adopt and enforce resolutions to control dogs within the township that are not otherwise in conflict with any other provision of the Revised Code, if the township is located in a county where the board of county commissioners has not adopted resolutions to control dogs within the unincorporated areas of the county under this section;
      Whereas, the Board of Commissioners of Mahoning County have not adopted a resolution to control dogs within the unincorporated areas of the county under this statutory section;
      Whereas, Ohio Revised Code Section 955.221(A) states that a resolution to control dogs includes, but is not limited to resolutions concerned with the ownership, keeping, or harboring of dogs; the restraint of dogs; dogs as public nuisances; and dogs as a threat to public health, safety, and welfare;
      Whereas, this statutory section exempts the use of any dog which is lawfully engaged in hunting or training for the purpose of hunting while accompanied by a licensed hunter when actually in the field and engaged in hunting or in legitimate training for such purpose;
      Whereas, the Board of Trustees finds that the current statutes do not protect dogs from being tethered in an inhumane manner and that it has the statutory authority under Ohio Revised Code Section 955.221 to adopt this resolution with respect to the ownership, keeping, or harboring of dogs to fill this vacuum;
      Whereas, this resolution may be enforced through the criminal justice system, as Ohio Revised Code Section 955.221(C) states that “[n]o person shall violate any resolution * * * adopted under this section[,]” and Section 955.99(K) provides that whoever violates Section 955.221(C) is guilty of a minor misdemeanor, with each day of continued violation being a separate offense; and
      Now, therefore, be it resolved by the Board of Trustees of Boardman Township, Mahoning County, Ohio that the following resolution is adopted:
      1. No person shall negligently allow a dog to be tethered outdoors in any of the following circumstances:
      (a) For a total of more than six hours in a twenty-four-hour period and for not more than two consecutive hours without at least an hour between tetherings;
      (b) If a heat or cold advisory or a severe weather warning has been issued by the national weather service for the area in which the dog is kept or harbored;
      (c) If any of the following applies to the tether:
      (i) It is less than twenty feet in length.
      (ii) It allows the dog to touch a fence or cross the property line of the owner’s, keeper’s, or harborer’s property.
      (iii) It is attached by means of a pinch-type, prong-type, or choke-type collar, or the collar to which it is attached is unsafe or is not properly fitted.
      (iv) It may cause injury to, or entanglement of, the dog.
      (v) It is made of a material that is unsuitable for the dog’s size and weight or that causes any unnecessary discomfort to the dog.
      (d) If the dog is not provided with a sanitary environment that is free of an accumulation of feces or other waste and insect or rodent infestation and of foul odor;
      (e) If no owner or occupant of the premises where the dog is kept or harbored is present.
      2. As used in this resolution, “tether” means a rope, chain, cord, dog run or pulley, or similar restraint for holding an animal in place that allows a radius in which the animal can move about.
      3. (a) As used in this resolution, “outdoors” means the dog is not being tethered inside a house or principal building. The term “outdoors” includes a dog tethered inside an accessory building, a porch (open or closed), a breezeway, a garage, and a carport.
       (b) As used in this resolution, “accessory building” means a subordinate building, the use of which is customarily incidental to that of the main building, and which is located on the same lot or parcel of land. A shed is included in this definition.
       (c) As used in this resolution, “porch (open)” means a roofed structure, having one or more unenclosed sides, projecting from front, side or rear wall of the building, while “porch (closed)” means a roofed structure, having one or more enclosed sides, projecting from front, side or rear wall of the building.
       (d) As used in this resolution, a “breezeway” means a roofed passageway connecting two buildings, sometimes with the sides enclosed.
       (e) As used in this resolution, “garage” means a detached accessory building or portion of a principal building for the parking or temporary storage of automobiles, boats, and/or trailers.
       (f) As used in this resolution, “car port” means a roofed structure not more than fifty percent (50%) enclosed by walls or doors and attached to the principal building for the purpose of providing shelter to one or more motor vehicles.
      4. This resolution shall be enforced under R.C. §§ 955.221(C) and 955.99(K) by the appropriate law enforcement officers.
      5. Each day of continued violation is a separate offense.
      6. The clerk of the county court shall collect the fines levied and collected for violations of this resolution and shall distribute them to the Fiscal Officer in accordance with Ohio Revised Code Section 1907.20(C) for credit to the general fund of Boardman Township.
      7. This resolution shall become effective at the earliest time permitted by law.
      8. If any paragraph, provision, or section of this resolution is held to be invalid by the final decision of any court of competent jurisdiction, then that decision will not affect the validity of the remaining paragraphs, provisions, or sections of this resolution. The Board declares that it would have adopted this resolution and each paragraph, provision, or section thereof despite the fact that one or more paragraphs, provisions, or sections would be declared invalid.
      9. The Board finds and determines that all formal actions of this Board concerning and relating to the passage of this Resolution were taken in an open meeting of this Board, and that all deliberations of this Board that resulted in such formal action were in meetings open to the public, in compliance with all legal requirements, including R.C. § 121.22.
      10. This Resolution shall take effect and be in force from and after the earliest time provided by law.
      Adopted January 25, 2016
      Larry Moliterno, Chair
      Tom Costello, Vice-Chair
      Brad Calhoun, Trustee
      I, William D. Leicht, Fiscal Officer of Boardman Township, Mahoning County, Ohio, do hereby certify that the foregoing is taken and copied from the record of proceedings of the township; that the same has been compared by me with the Resolution on said record; and that it is a true and correct copy thereof.
      William D. Leicht,
      Fiscal Officer
  Facebook Posts Deleted After Comments On Sale Of ‘Double Merle’ Puppy At The Harbor Pet Center  
  January 28, 2016 Edition  
     A local woman who monitors the Facebook Page of a local ‘pet’ business, Harbor Pet Center, 7338 Market St., says her posts about a ‘double merle’ sheltie puppy were deleted just five minutes after being posted, and she was ‘blocked’ from making any more posts.
      “I commented on the picture warning potential buyers/educating the public on what a double merle dog actually is,” Gia DeAscentis said.
      Her comment noted the sheltie had a genetic defect, often referred to as ‘double merle’ or ‘lethal merle.’
      “This *sheltie has a genetic defect often referred to as ‘double merle’ or ‘lethal merle.’
      The post continued, “When two merle dogs are bred, there is a 25 per cent possibility that each of the puppies will inherit a merle gene from each parent, resulting in puppies with two merle genes. Their appearance can be appealing to people, but the lack in pigmentation is an indication that there is no melanin where the areas of white fur is on the body.
      “Melanin is what allows a puppy’s eyes and ears to develop normally as a fetus… so, as you can guess these puppies often have non-functional eyes, suffer from blindness/other eye ailments. Deafness is also prevalent in these dogs due to the lack of melanin in the inner ear. This isn’t to say that deafness or blindness couldn’t be managed in a dog, but you shouldn’t be paying a couple thousand dollars for a dog with a handicap. These puppies aren’t going to learn as quickly as typically developing puppies and will require specialized training, which is a reason you’ll see a ton of double merle dogs in shelters.
      “The fact that this puppy even exists is reason enough to reconsider buying him, considering a responsible breeder would never knowingly and willingly breed two merle dogs. It is a known fact that many double puppies come from disreputable sources, such as uninformed backyard breeders or puppy mils (none of which are concerned with the health of the dogs they breed or produce, OR the emotional impact on the unsuspecting families purchasing them). Obviously health problems can (and do) show up in the lines of even the most conscientious breeders’ puppies; the difference being they wouldn’t be stupid enough to sell them to a pet store to be sold at outrageous price to unknowing customers.
      “For more information, visit,” DeAscentis posted.
      “I made a post on my own Facebook explaining what happened and asked people to share. [In one] night, almost 200 people have shared the post...and people were outraged,” Deascentis said.
      Among the responses to her posts;
      “Hmmm as a vet student, I say this will not be a healthy dog without proper care. The things people breed for astound me...”
      -Elizabeth E.
      “Why are you guys deleting informative comments on these dogs? You care so much that you’re willing to sell them without giving potential buyers the full informative extent of their health.”
      -Judy W.
      “Since then.... The comments have ALL been deleted, people have been blocked...
      ...and WORSE OF ALL, that dog is STILL for sale,” DeAscentis said.
  Trustees Limit Time Dogs Can Be Kept Tethered  
  January 28, 2016 Edition  
     By unanimous vote, Boardman Trustees Larry Moliterno, Tom Costello and Brad Calhoun approved a resolution banning the tethering a family pets outdoors in an inhumane manner.
      By resolution, Trustees ordered that “No person shall negligently allow a dog to be tethered outdoors for a total of more than six hours in a 24-hour period and for not more than two consecutive hours without at least an hour between tetherings.”
      Township Administrator, Jason Loree, told Trustees that resolution is modeled after a bill currently before the Ohio House of Representatives, noting “It made a lot of sense to look into this.”
      Loree and Trustee Moliterno noted the resolution was prompted by concerns expressed by several resident, led by Marty Krompegel.
      “I have never had such an outreach,” Loree said of the residents’ concerns. Loree said the resolution had been approved by the township home-rule attorney.
      According to the resolution, pets cannot be tethered outside for more than six hours at a time “If a heat or cold advisory or a severe weather warning has been issued by the national weather service for the area in which the dog is kept or harbored.”
      The resolution will monitor the length of tethers (leashes), whether a dog touches a fence or crosses a property line, prohibits ‘choke-type’ collars, and mandates dogs be kept in sanitary conditions “that is free of an accumulation of feces or other waste, insect or rodent infestation,” or in places where there is a foul odor.
      The resolution defines tethers as “a rope, chain, cord, dog run or pulley, or similar restraint for holding an animal in place that allows a radius in which the animal can move about.”
      The resolution defines outdoors as “the dog is not being tethered inside a house or principal building. The term “outdoors” includes a dog tethered inside an accessory building, a porch (open or closed), a breezeway, a garage, and a carport.”
      Ten people in attendance at the meeting, applauded the move by the Trustees.
      Persons found guilty of not following guidelines can be fined, per day, up to $100.
      Road Superintendent Larry Wilson told Trustees due to mild winter weather to date, that he expects the township’s current supply of salt to last for the rest of the winter.
      Fire Chief Mark Pitzer said the fire department’s ladder truck has been returned from Florida and is back in service. The truck, purchased at a cost of nearly $1 million, two years ago, had broken down no less than four times. Repairs were completed at no cost to the township.
      Pitzer said his department’s $400,000 new engine truck is expected to be in service by the end of March. That truck will replace an engine truck that was totaled last year when it slid off an icy Shields Rd., near West Blvd. The replacement truck is being funded by an insurance claim.
  “The Phenomenon Bruno Groening - On The Tracks of the Miracle Healer”  
  January 21, 2016 Edition  
     Healing and health - is this a dream in our day and age?
      Illness - a word that is widely used today. But why? After all, health is a completely natural condition.
      More and more people search for a solution from holistic medicine. On this quest, many people rediscover a completely natural path. The ancient civilizations of humanity spoke of the existence of a higher power that can help and heal. Bruno Groening (1906¨C1959) called this power “Heilstrom” or healing force. Among other things, he taught how one can absorb this natural healing power. Many people have received their health back in this way, including people affected by ailments considered incurable by doctors. The healings are occurring today just as they did back then. A multitude of medically documented healing reports show this is still occurring today.
      Please join us for a special showing of a documentary film
      “The Phenomenon Bruno Groening - On The Tracks of the Miracle Healer”
      To be held at:
      The Boardman Park @ The Georgeanna Parker Center
      375 Boardman-Poland Road
      Boardman, Ohio 44512
      Sunday, January 24, 2016
      12:00pm - 6:00pm
      (Includes 2 breaks, snacks)
      The Docu-film will be shown in 3 parts. (Each part is approximately 95 minutes)
      Admission free, donations accepted
      Organized by: The Circle for Spiritual Aid to Life, Inc.
      Local Contact: Arlene Barkan, Leader of the Youngstown Community & The North American Internet Children’s Community.
      NOTE: Please call Arlene at 330-372-3144 if you will be attending, so a reservation can be made for you.
      You are also invited to join us for the following Introduction Lecture
      “Help & Healing on the Spiritual Path through the Teachings of Bruno Groening”
      To be held at, but not affiliated with
      Lord of Life Lutheran Church
      550 North Broad St. (Rt.46)
      Canfield, Ohio 44406
      January 28, 2016 @ 5:30p.m. (following the docu-film showing)
      For more information: Internet:
  2016-2017 All Day-Every Day Kindergarten Registration Feb. 11  
  January 14, 2016 Edition  
      Registration Day for the 2016-2017 school year’s kindergarten to the Boardman Schools will be held on Thurs., Feb. 11. Times for registration will be 9:00 to 11:00 a.m., 1:00 to 3:00 p.m. and 6:00 to 8:00 p.m., in each of our four elementary school offices. It is not necessary for children to accompany their parents.
      The custodial parent or guardian must be a resident of the Boardman Local School District.
      Registration for a new student to the Boardman Schools requires:
       The child must reach age 5 on or before Aug. 1, 2016, if entering kindergarten.
       Completion of a Registration Form.
       Presentation of proof of immunization and completion of the School Health Record. (proof of your child’s immunization is a physician’s statement or immunization card, with dates entered).
       Presentation of official State birth certificate. (If your child was born in Mahoning County, this certificate may be obtained from the Bureau of Vital Statistics, 345 Oak Hill Ave., phone 330-743-3333). Please note that personal checks are not accepted, cash only.
       Presentation of at least two proof of residency forms (e.g. home owner’s tax statement, utility bill, purchase/rental agreement) and a residency affidavit.
       Custody papers, if applicable.
       Payment of a $26 fee to partially cover the cost of supplies furnished by the school.
      Classroom space is limited for kindergarten. Therefore some kindergarten students may be assigned to another building in the district. It is important to register early to ensure assignment to your elementary school of residence.
      School addresses and telephone numbers are as follows:
       Market Street, 5555 Market St., Yo., OH 44512, 330-782-3743.
       Robinwood Lane, 835 Indianola Rd., Yo., OH 44512, 330-782-3164.
       Stadium Drive. 111 Stadium Dr., Yo., OH 44512, 330-726-3428.
       West Boulevard, 6125 West Boulevard, Yo., OH 44512, 330-726-3427.
      Registration for Special Education Programs
      In order to prepare for appropriate school-age educational placement and programming, the Boardman Local Schools’ Special Education Department is currently planning for the evaluation of preschoolers with disabilities that receive services at the Lockwood Preschool site.
      Preschoolers with disabilities that do not receive services at the Lockwood Preschool site and reside in the Boardman Local School District, may contact/refer to the Special Education Office. The referral should include the child’s and parent’s name, address, telephone number, child’s date of birth, and disability category. Please contact the Special Education Office, 7410 Market St., Yo., OH 44512, 330-726-3411.
  Alex Filicky Will Become A Third Generation Eagle Scout, Following His Dad And Grandfather  
  January 14, 2016 Edition  
Alex Filicky
     Boy Scouts of America Troop 60, Boardman, will confer the Eagle Scout award on Sun., Jan. 17 at a Court of Honor ceremony to Alex J. Filicky, 17, son of Ed and Lori Filicky of Boardman.
      Alex was a member of Pack 114 for five years at St. Charles Church and attained the highest honor, the Arrow of Light, in 2009. He also received the Light of Christ Award, Parvuli Dei Award, Gettysburg Historic Awards and the Recruiter award. He has been a member of the Greater Western Reserve Council Boy Scouts of America Troop 60 at Westminster Presbyterian Church since Mar. 10, 2009. His scoutmaster is Byron Harnishfeger. Filicky was inducted into Order of the Arrow, scouting’s honor society, in 2012.
      For his Eagle Scout project, Filicky designed, raised funds and planted a native woodland fern garden in Poland Township Park to add beauty and interest to the nature trail, as well as provide education to park visitors.
      Filicky has held troop positions of den chief, patrol leader and assistant patrol leader. He has earned 35 merit badges and special scout awards of Totin’ Chip, Seven Ranges Fifth Year Pipestone Award, Ad Altare Dei Religious Award, and Valley Forge Pin. He has also earned special troop awards including the Sourdough patch and a six-year service pin. He has participated in summer camp at Seven Ranges Scout Reservation, Klondike Derby competitions, Gettysburg, Oil Creek backpacking and Valley Forge outings.
      Filicky is a senior at Boardman High School, where he is a member of the lacrosse team. He is also a member of the marching band, symphonic band, and Industrial Arts club.
      Filicky is a third generation Eagle Scout, following his father, Ed, and his late grandfather, Andrew Filicky.
  Boardman Kiwanis Donates Carbon Dioxide Detectors  
  January 14, 2016 Edition  
     The Boardman Kiwanis Club has donated 25 carbon dioxide detectors to the Boardman Fire Department. “In speaking with the Fire Chief, we uncovered a need for carbon monoxide detectors for Boardman residents. The Boardman Kiwanis Club is thankful for the Fire Department’s everyday efforts to protect the citizens and property of Boardman, and grateful to participate in prevention efforts with the donation of these detectors,” said Roy Wright, Kiwanis Club President. Chartered in 1947, the Kiwanis Club is Boardman’s longest-serving service club. Pictured, from left Mark Luke, Boardman Kiwanis; Vickie Davis, Boardman Fire Department; Fire Chief Mark Pitzer; Earl Coffin, Boardman Kiwanis; Roy Wright, Kiwanis Club President.
  December 31, 2015 Edition  
     A study conducted by the Ohio Department of Education shows that charter schools score well below public schools in state-mandated testing results, although they receive upwards of 500 to 600 per cent more state per-pupil funding than do public schools.
      Charter schools do not provide the overall curriculum offerings as do the public schools, and most provide a very limited amount of extra-curricular opportunities, if any, when compared to public schools.
      The study, ‘The Ohio Charter School Accountability Project,’ shows the Boardman Local School District far outperforms Mahoning County’s 17 charter schools academically; but the charter schools receive at least 500 per cent more in per-pupil funding. In several comparisons, a few charter schools in Mahoning County receive more than 1000 per cent more in per-pupil funding.
      While the state of Ohio throws more and more money to charter schools, the Supreme Court in the state of Washington has declared charter schools are unconstitutional.
      In Florida, under Gov. Jeb Bush, a charter school in Miami was heralded as a beacon of educational excellence, with strong support from Mr. Bush. When he left office, the charter school closed.
      In the Houston, Texas area, charter school officials kickback thousands of dollars to local politicians and their election campaigns. The politicians, in turn, support charter schools.
      Charter School Accountability Project
      Data from the Ohio Charter school Accountability Project reveals the historic disparity in performance between local public school districts and the state’s charter schools
      In comparing school district and charter school performance, the results mirror much of what’s been true since the state’s charter school program began---public school districts substantially outperform charters overall.
      And while, according to the preliminary data, charters overall generally outperform the state’s urban districts, in many urban districts they don’t.
      For example, Akron outperforms charters in all English Language Arts categories and seven of eight categories in math. Cincinnati outperforms charters in 16 of 21 comparable areas.
      “It is important to remember whenever one compares Ohio’s overall charter school performance with urban districts that about half of Ohio’s charter school students do not come from the state’s urban districts. Yet urban districts are more than holding their own with their charter counterparts,” the accountability project concluded.
      Statewide Results
      Ohio’s public school districts, all of whom lost students and state funding to charter schools last year, substantially outperformed the state’s charter schools on the 24 state tests last year. The tests were administered in various grades over four broad topics: English Language Arts, Math, Science and Social Studies.
      On average, public school districts outperformed charter schools in each broad subject area by between 20 and 30 percent on average.
      The biggest difference in any subject was in Integrated Math II where the average Performance Index score in charters was barely above the 30 minimum while the average district Performance Index was 102.8, not far from the maximum score of 120.
      Charter schools did not outperform districts overall in any of the 24 tested subject areas. The closest they came was in geometry, but districts still outperformed charters by more than 19% in that category. It is important to remember when making statewide performance comparisons that about half of charter school students come from districts outside the state’s urban districts.
      And while there are high-performing charters, high-performing districts outperform even them. The Accountability Project analyzed the top 25 scores of each charter and district in each broad category, regardless of which grade level test those scores occurred. In each case, the average high district score was much higher than the average high charter school score.
      Likewise, the average of the 25 lowest-performing districts were much better than the average of the 25 lowest-performing charter schools. In fact, the disparity was so great in English Language Arts that nearly 20 percent of all charter tests in that subject area were lower than the lowest performing urban district in any category.
      Boardman Local Schools Outperform
      The 17 Charter Schools In Mahoning County
      According to the Accountability Project, the Boardman Local School District lost some $864,155 in state subsidies last year to vastly underperforming charter schools. And, that money was provided to charter schools with little or no oversight, and no public representation through elected officials such as local school boards.
      For example, the Horizon Science Academy of Youngstown, operated by the Chicago-based Concepts School, scored a D on the performance index established by the Ohio Department of Education. Boardman Local Schools lost $27,516 in state subsidies to the Horizon Academy, that gets $7,479 in state funding per student.
      By contrast, the Boardman Local School’s Performance Index is at B-plus, according to Supt. Frank Lazzeri, and the local public school system receives just $1,543 in state subsidies per-pupil funding.
      In addition, the average teacher experience in the Boardman Local Schools is 15 years, while at the Horizon Academy, teachers have an average of just two years of classroom experience.
      Concept Schools have known links to the ‘Gulen Movement.’ The Gulen movement is a transnational religious and social movement led by Turkish Islamic scholar and preacher Fethullah Gulen, who now lives in exile in Pennsylvania.
      Wikpedia describes the Gulen movement as---“Sources state that the Gulen movement is vying to be recognized as the world’s leading Muslim network, one that is more reasonable than many of its rivals.”
      Jeb Bush’s Charter School
      The New York Times said this about a charter school in Miami, founded with the strong support of Jeb Bush.
      “Now trash and fronds from the palm trees that students planted litter the grounds, and cafeteria tables are folded away in a dark doorway. Jeb Bush’s charter school is a ruin baking in the Miami sun.
      “Co-founded in 1996 by Mr. Bush with what he called in an email a ‘powerful sense of pride and joy,’ Liberty City Charter School was the first school of its kind in Florida and a pioneer in a booming industry and national movement.
      The New York Times article said Bush championed “charter schools, funded largely by taxpayers but run by private companies, as a free-market antidote to liberal teachers’ unions and low performance.”
      It would appear from the Ohio Charter School Accountability Project findings, low performance has become a hallmark of charter schools in Ohio, especially when compared to the public schools, just like Liberty City.
      By 2008 and hundreds of thousands of taxpayer dollars later, Liberty City Charter School closed.
      In The State of Washington
      Supreme Court Said Charter Schools Illegal
      In the state of Washington, the Supreme Court ruled on Sept. 4 that the state’s voter-approved charter school law is unconstitutional, mainly because the schools are overseen by boards that are appointed rather than elected.
      In Ohio
      Sandy Theis is the executive director of ProgressOhio, which has long been critical of Ohio’s charter-school industry.
      “The worst performing charter schools own all three branches of state government,” Theis says.
      Theis says Gov. John Kasich has taken no leadership to clean up charter schools, and state lawmakers have been sitting on a charter-school reform bill.
      The Ohio Supreme Court hasn’t shown the collective wisdom of the Washington State Supreme Court and in the Buckeye state, these vastly underperforming charter schools continue to drain millions of dollars away from the public schools, with little or no accountability.
      Such a lack of oversight has put the teachers unions at public schools on notice, and in the background, that is where the battle lines have been drawn, as the unions fear their demise if public dollars keep going to largely private, charter schools, that too often operate under the misnomer, “Public charter schools.”
  Saxton Named Superintendent Of Boardman Local School District  
  December 31, 2015 Edition  
Tim Saxton
     Meeting on Monday night, Dec. 21, the Boardman Local School Board named Timothy L. Saxton, 49, as its next superintendent, effective Aug. 1.
      Saxton, whose father, Larry, served as Boardman superintendent from 1996-2000, will assume his duties on Aug. 1, 2016.
      Saxton’s salary has yet to be set. He has served the local system since 2013 as director of operations, a position that carried an $89,000 annual salary.
      Saxton has a long relationship with the local district, beginning as a 1984 graduate of Boardman High School. He served as Boardman High School Principal for 11 years, before he took his current position as Director of Operations. As operations director, he was instrumental in planning and fundraising for the new Boardman Stadium.
      Lazzeri served as superintendent sin Aug. 1, 2004. He said he would like to spend more time with his grandchildren, after a lifetime in public education.
      “Mr. Saxton and I have worked closely for a number of years and he is more than ready to assume the superintendency. His vision for the future of the district coupled with his intellect and work ethic translate to a sure-fire formula for success. The Boardman Schools are in good hands with Tim,” Lazzeri said.
      While a student at Boardman High School, Saxton excelled in the classroom and in athletics while also being an active member of the orchestra. He is a graduate of Grove City College, and received his Masters Degree from Westminster College
      He has taught in the Bedford School District in Cleveland, and served as a teacher, coach and assistant principal in the Canfield Schools prior to coming to Boardman.
      Saxton resides in Boardman with his wife, Gina, and their three children, Anna and twins Ashley and Alicia. All three of their daughters attend Boardman High School.
      Saxton is a member of Boardman United Methodist Church, where he serves as lay leader. He is also a member of the Ohio Association of School Business Administrators, and also holds a superintendent’s license.
      Pictured:  THE BOARDMAN BOARD OF Education has named Tim Saxton, pictured, as superintendent of schools, replacing the retiring Frank Lazzeri, effective Aug. 1, 2016. Saxton’s father, Larry, served as superintendent of Boardman Local Schools, from 1996-2000.
  Boardman Park Reservations 2016-2017  
  December 31, 2015 Edition  
      Boardman Park, Your Hometown Park, nestled in the heart of Boardman on 227 acres of natural beauty, has become a very popular place for families to gather and enjoy hosting their favorite events as well as creating memories. Whether a graduation party, bridal or baby shower, wedding, birthday party, reunion, business meeting or a special family function, we offer 4-indoor rooms and 5-seasonal open-air pavilions to accommodate 40 to 232 guests at an affordable price.
      If you are planning a wedding, the Gazebo, Maag Outdoor Theatre and St. James Meeting House, Boardman’s most prominent historical landmark, lend themselves as unique and beautiful settings for your most special occasions.
      We are pleased to announce that there will not be an increase in our reservation fees,
      in addition, discounted rates will still be available for Boardman Residents. Facilities are available for rent year-round. You may provide (cook) your own food or bring a caterer of your choice.
      For your enjoyment and convenience, the Park provides a variety of outdoor recreational facilities in close proximity to the reservable facilities, e.g. baseball fields, playgrounds,
      walking/hiking trails tennis and sand volleyball courts.
      Boardman Park is currently taking reservations for 2016. Reservations for 2017 will be open for availability online beginning January 1, 2016 on our website OR Monday, January 4, 2016, through the Park Office by calling 330-726-8105 or visiting the Park Office at 375 Boardman-Poland Rd. in the Georgeanna Parker Activity Center. Office hours are 8am-5pm Monday –Friday.
      For more information about Boardman Park’s Facilities,
      Programs or Events, visit our website,
  Gretta Knows.....  
  HAPPY HOWL-IDAYS:   December 24, 2015 Edition  
     Happy Howl-idays my friends! I wish you could join us in our heavenly paradise! Dogs and cats are barking, meowing, and howling as they run about! There’s a magic in the air. You can feel it surround you! It enters your heart and soul! It’s a peace, a joy that makes us all want to jump and twist and shake. It’s Christmas! What a joyful time of the year.
      My heavenly pals and I gather at the top of the meadow hill daily, watching everyone in our home towns get ready for Christmas. Seeing our master’s families gather together brings memories of our many Christmas seasons with them. Remembering the smiles and hearing the laughter of family and friends. Gifts were given, and loving hugs were shared. I especially remember the luscious treats that were passed to me and the kind gentle strokes given by so many. Love was all around, and shared by all!
      We recall how our masters would always go to church on Christmas Eve, to celebrate the birth of Jesus. Then they would return and the festivities would begin. They’d sing these Christmas songs that would make us howl! And howl!
      On Christmas morning many of the heavenly pals recall being awaken to the sound of footsteps rushing to see what was under the tree. I’d always pick my spot and lay by the tree to be right in the middle of the crumpled wrapping paper to watch and feel the excitement of the children opening their gifts.
      My masters always had a way of making me feel a part of the family as they would make a big fuss over me, calling my name, getting me to my feet by saying ‘look what we have for’ and then petting my back, as they made their way over to the chimney. They’d take down a stocking with my name on it and lay it right in front of me. Ooooh, yummy yummy, a stocking filled with bones, chew toys, biscuits and even tennis balls. How special that gift was! They remembered me and made me feel so special and so loved! It’s not the size of the gift, but the love expressed in giving!
      All the heavenly pals barked as we counted our blessings….to be loved and treated so special, brought a big doggy grin to us all.
      From a distance Sady the guard dog, howled for us to come to the sight of the Rainbow bridge. We have all worked hard over the past few months to make a new pathway for our brothers and sisters to stroll down when they come to join us in our heavenly home. We have howled and barked at our heavenly meetings trying to design a peaceful pathway for others to enter their new paradise. After some yelping we decided to name it Pawprints to Paradise.
      As we get closer to the new Pathway, Sady explained that there are two dogs whom will be arriving shortly, just in time for Christmas. Anxiously we stand and wait! Sady suddenly begins his walk to meet the new arrivals.
      I notice two dogs, one being a cockapoo and the other had beautiful white fur and brown patches. Both dogs have their heads lowered as Sady barks gently to them, welcoming them to their new heavenly home. The cockapoo barks that his name is Charity and his new found pal is Crawford. Crawford is a little timid so Charity continues to bark for him as he explains how they met on their journey here to their new home.
      Sady barks, ‘when you are ready you can follow the Pawprints to Paradise pathway, where you will meet our heavenly pals who are anxiously waiting to meet you.’’ Charity sadly barks, we will never be able to see our masters again and Crawford whines softly.
      Sady barks softly, you may not be able to sit or lay next to them or feel their loving touch, but you will always be able to watch them and the loving memories you created together, will always remain in your hearts.
      As Sady disappears down the pathway, Crawford yelps to Charity, it’s so hard to leave the security and love that we knew. I want to go back! Charity murmurs, “lift up your head and take a look around. This is a beautiful place. Let’s go over to check out the Pathway to Paradise”…. Carwford hesitantly follows Charity.
      They both stop and look up, rays of warm sunshine are reaching peacefully for the ground as the wind gently produces a symphony of sounds, leaves rustling, flowers swaying, birds flying and singing. It is a breathtaking pathway, filled with a peace and warmth that wraps Charity and Crawford in a secure comfort, bringing a quiet calm to their doggy hearts and souls.
      As they continue to walk, weaving through the Pathway, Charity and Crawford’s heads rise, and they begin to feel a joy, noticing a prance to their step….the sadness of leaving their masters, families and friends begins to leave and is replaced by a joy in anticipation for what lies ahead!
      At the end of the Pathway they notice words inscribed in the large oak tree, ‘What we have once enjoyed we can never lose; All that we love deeply, becomes a part of us forever.’
      As Charity and Crawford look outward, they see all the heavenly dogs and cats, suddenly hearing barks, meows, howls, all welcoming the two. Charity and Crawford both turn their heads looking back at the Pathway... barking this message to their masters.
      ‘Do not mourn our passing, for we wish you could see by leaving all our earthly bonds, we’re young again and free. By day we run the Heavenly meadows, our bodies healthy and strong. At night we sleep curled up at Angels’ feet, dreaming of all our days spent with you. So do not mourn our passing, just close your’ll see we’ are now running with our Heavenly Pals and our tails are always ‘awaggin.
      As the heavenly pack begins to make their way up the meadow hill, they stop and turn and in unison howl a message to their masters, ‘when you feel us in your heart, just look up and we’ll be right here......Wishing you a blessed Merry Christmas and a Pawsitively, Hi-Paws, Happy New Year.
      Dedicated with love to the masters of Charity, Dawn Elaine and Mike Muder and the masters of Crawford, Taylor and Peggy Evans.
      Gretta, a Golden Retriever, spent almost 15 years at
      The Boardman News. She greeted all who entered with a wag of her tail! She died in November of 2012.
      Send your animal tributes/stories to: The Boardman News,
      8302 Southern Blvd., S2A, Boardman, OH 44512 or
      email to:
  Lucia Celebration Dec. 13 At Bethel Lutheran Church  
  To receive peace flame :   December 10, 2015 Edition  
      On Sun., Dec. 13 during the 11:00 a.m. St. Lucia Celebration and Children’s Christmas Pageant, Boy Scouts from Boardman will deliver the International Peace Light to Bethel Lutheran Church, 425 Crestview Dr., and transfer the Peace Light flame to the church.
      Bethel Lutheran is hosting the International Peace Light and making it available to the public for the holidays, Mondays thru Thursdays, from 9:30 a.m. until 3:00 p.m. each day by coming to the church office thru Dec. 23; and once again on Dec. 29-30. Windproof candles or lanterns are good tools to take home the light, but are not provided, so please bring them with you to receive the flame. Contact the church office with any questions at 330-758-5745.
      In the Church of the Nativity in Bethlehem there are 15 oil lamps that have been burning continuously for over 1,000 years. This is the Peace Light flame. The Peace Light from Bethlehem campaign was originally organized by the Austrian Broadcasting Company and was part of a large charitable relief mission, ‘Light into Darkness,’ for children in need in Austria and abroad. Since 1986, the Austrian Boy Scouts and Girl Guides have been distributing the Peace Light throughout Austria. The light has traveled from Vienna to more than 30 European countries.
      Austrian Airlines has been flying the Peace Light on to New York City since 2001. This year, the Light arrived at JFK International Airport on Nov. 28 and is traveling from there as far north as Winnipeg, Ontario, Canada and as far west as Los Angeles, California. through the efforts of many Scouters.
      For the fifth consecutive year, the Boys Scouts of America/Greater Western Reserve Council will bring the Peace Light flame to northeast Ohio and Boardman. Scouters and friends have accepted the challenge to become channels of peace by receiving the flame and passing it on to others in their communities and beyond.
      Jason Wolf, scout executive of the Greater Western Reserve Council commented that “People appreciate the opportunity of spreading the message of Peace in their communities, this is why we are a part of this effort.”
      People of all faiths are welcome to come and receive the light and a wish for peace.
  December 10, 2015 Edition  
     The Board of Trustees of Boardman Township will conduct a Public Hearing on the following amendment to the Boardman Township Zoning Resolution and Township Zoning Map on Monday, December 28, 2015 at 10:30 A.M. in the Marie P. DeBartolo Meeting Room, Boardman Township Government Center, 8299 Market Street, Boardman, Ohio, 44512. Texts and map of the proposed changes may be viewed in the Zoning Office, same address, between the hours of 8:00 A.M. and 4:00 P.M. Monday through Friday, until the time of the hearing.
      This is the final hearing in determination of this case. The Board shall either act immediately or within twenty (20) days from the conclusion of this hearing.
      AMENDMENT A-2015-11
      Robert Pavlov, 132 Island Drive, Boardman, Ohio, 44512, property owner and agent on behalf of Donna Koziorynsky, 1150 Madonda Street, Boardman, Ohio, 44512, requests the rezoning of four (4) parcels located along the northeast corner of the Madonda Street – South Avenue intersection. The requested parcels are known as:
      • Parcel 29-021-0-193.00-0, part lot 1 of the Dalzell Plat, 0.50 acres in size, request to rezone from a Business zoning district to a Commercial zoning district in its entirety;
      • Parcel 29-021-0-192.00-0, part lot 1 of the Dalzell Plat, 0.50 acres in size, request to rezone from a Business zoning district to a Commercial zoning district in its entirety;
      • Parcel 29-021-0-191.00-0, 5009 South Avenue, 1.01 acres in size, request to rezone from a Business zoning district to a Commercial zoning district in its entirety; and
      • Parcel 29-021-0-195.00-0, 5001 South Avenue, 0.93 acres in size, currently a Business zoning district to a depth of 350’ from the centerline of South Avenue with the remainder zoned Residential R-2 zoning district, requested to rezone to a Commercial zoning district in its entirety.
      All parcels located in Boardman Township, Mahoning County, State of Ohio.
      Brad Calhoun, Chair
      Board of Trustees, Boardman Township
      Sarah Gartland, Zoning Inspector
  December 10, 2015 Edition  
      The Boardman Township Board of Appeals shall hold a Public Hearing on Tuesday, December 22, 2015 at 7:00 P.M., at the Boardman Township Government Center, 8299 Market Street, Boardman Township, Ohio, 44512, for consideration of the following cases:
      APPEAL CASE AC-2015-30
      Randy M. Horton, 133 Boardman Poland Road, Boardman, Ohio 44512, appeals the decision of the Boardman Township Zoning Inspector in the review and denial of Zoning Permit Application Number 2015-0402, November 11, 2015. The review pertains to signage proposed to be installed at 133 Boardman Poland Road, Lot 6 of the J.R. Long Plat, also known as 29-031-0-009.0-0. Said property is zoned Commercial in Boardman Township, Mahoning County, State of Ohio.
      Text and maps of the request may be viewed at the Boardman Township Zoning Office, 8299 Market Street, Boardman, Ohio, 44512, Monday through Friday, between the hours of 8:00 A.M. and 4:00 P.M. until time of the hearing.
      Atty. John Shultz, Chairman
      Boardman Township Board of Appeals
      Sarah Gartland, Zoning Inspector
  Annual Orchestra Festival Dec. 16 At BHS Arts Center  
  December 10, 2015 Edition  
     The award-winning Boardman High School Symphony, Chamber, and Classical Orchestras will present their annual Winter Orchestra Festival on Wed., Dec. 16 at 7:00 p.m. in the Boardman Performing Arts Center.
      The 36-member Chamber Orchestra, featuring the top string players in the BHS Orchestra program, will open the program with the first movement of Leos Janacek’s “Idyll.” They will then perform the entire “Christmas Concerto” by Arcangelo Corelli. The concerto will feature Julian Reyes and Aadam Zocolo on violin, and Simon Pusateri on cello.
      Senior solo competition winner, Vince Huzicka, will then take the stage. He will perform the first movement of “The D Major Viola Concerto” by German composer Karl Stamitz.
      Huzicka is the son of Monica Huzicka and Jeff Huzicka. He began taking private lessons in fifth grade with Bill Amendol, then took lessons with Ms. Leslie Dubiel, and currently studies with Vince Scacchetti.
      Huzicka joined orchestra in fifth grade and has been a part of Boardman’s Symphony and Chamber Orchestras for all four years of high school. In addition, he has played in most of the school musicals, most notably Phantom of the Opera and Nevermore. He also has been a member of the school’s rock orchestra, Project Mayhem, and has played electric viola on the concerts for the past two years.
      Huzicka is the president of the Boardman Orchestra, the head librarian, and is also a manager. He has played in the Youngstown Symphony Youth Orchestra for five years, and has been Principal Chair for the past two years. In 2014 and 2015, he played in the Northeast Ohio Regional Orchestra and was principal chair for the 2015 concert. In Jan., 2016, he will represent Boardman in the All-State Orchestra. Vince also plays in a string quartet with his friends, performing at weddings, dinners, and various other occasions. He teaches private lessons, as well.
      Huzicka has earned a host of laurels, including the Director’s Award in eighth grade, the Most Improved Freshman Award, the Outstanding Sophomore Award, the Section Leader Award in 10th and 11th grades, and the Torch Bearer Award in 11th grade from the Boardman Orchestra. He has participated in OMEA Solo and Ensemble since seventh grade, receiving all Superior Ratings. He won the Maestro Award for solo Viola Performance from the Chicago Heritage Music Festival in Apr., 2015.
      In May, Huzicka and friend Julian Reyes played in the Yehudi Menuhin Seminar at San Francisco State University where they had the opportunity to play with the Alexander String Quartet and the Afiara String Quartet in many master classes. While there, they placed third in the Galante Chamber Music Competition, winning full-tuition scholarships to the university.
      In addition to his involvement in the arts, Huzicka is vice-president of National Honor Society, President of Italian National Honor Society, an executive member of Italian Club, a member of Big Spartan-Little Spartan, a creative writer for the school’s satirical newspaper, The Funyun, and is a varsity member of the Quiz Bowl team. He maintains a 3.94 gpa in school and plans to double major in music performance and economics in college.
      Huzicka will dedicate his Dec. 16 performance to his private teacher, Vince Scacchetti, for his mentorship, artistic talent, and guidance.
      To conclude the Dec. 16 concert, the 114-member BHS Symphony Orchestra will take the stage to perform “Slavonic Dance No.10, Opus 72” by Czech composer Antonin Dvorak, “Egmont Overture” by German composer Ludwig Van Beethoven. In addition to these well-known classical pieces, the group will perform holiday favorites: “Tintinabulations,” “Carol of the Bells” and the timeless classic “Sleigh Ride” by American composer Leroy Anderson.
      Admission is a $3/adults, and $1/students. Pre-schoolers and senior citizens are admitted free of charge.
  WHMHS Presents Memories of A Lifetime Dec. 19  
  December 10, 2015 Edition  
     The William Holmes McGuffey Historical Society will present Memories of A Lifetime by Storyteller Regina Rees, Y.S.U. Professor Emeritus, on Sat., Dec. 19 at 10:00 a.m. at Kravitz’s Deli Meeting Room, 3135 Belmont Ave., Liberty Township.
      Regina Rees will present not usually heard Christmas stories from the past. This program includes ancient tales, other than traditional Santa Claus and Nutcracker holiday fare. Adults may find these alternative holiday works both curious and amusing.
      This event is open to the public. Free admission and refreshments. A 50/50 raffle available with a Good Will offereing accepted.
      Fore reservations call 330-726-8277. Walk-ins are welcome.
  December 10, 2015 Edition  
     By Richard S. Scarsella
      Holidays rekindle fond memories of times past. Regardless of what has or has not happened in our lives, we inevitably revisit yesterdays, for comfort and reflection, during the holidays.
      In the once bustling Mahoning Valley, tri-county area residents doggedly headed to Youngstown’s crowded central business district, in search of memorable gifts. Glittering specialty boutiques, trendy shoe stores, fashionable diamond jewelers, fussy gentlemen tailors, style salons and landmark department stores welcomed intrepid shoppers with great hospitality.
      Well into the 1960’, Federal Street was a thriving avenue of trade. Fleets of yellow and checkered cabs delivered patrons to storefronts. Elephantine-like buses stopped at each downtown corner block, much to the exasperation of motorists. Throngs of pedestrians choked walkways and intersections, with jaywalkers receiving tickets from ever-vigilant traffic cops and beat officers. Festive decorations featuring bells, Santa’s and snowmen were hung elegantly by the Downtown Board of Trade and adorned store facades and light poles.
      The traditional Central Square Christmas tree and crèche were breathtaking, in their symbolism and size. Despite automobile fumes, industrial smog, flocks of pigeons and steam escaping from street manholes, we enjoyed our days of “going to town.” Eating lunch at a chrome counter, in an art deco five-and-dime store was a novelty. Buying a Struss’ chocolate malt in the bargain basement or on the mezzanine was a special treat. “Taking in a movie”, at a grand movie palace, was a side trip into another dimension. A journey into the city was full of welcomed diversions.
      Area churches, usually somber and drab, suddenly came to life, once they were festooned with boughs of evergreens, colorful ribbons and fresh garland. European clarions chimed robustly with religious favorites such as Silent Night and Come All Ye Faithful. Of course, the ubiquitous Salvation Army red kettles and bell ringers, along with the forlorn pan-handlers, encouraged us to share with those less fortunate. Our strident Mid-western ethic constantly reminded us to guard against frivolity.
      The observations of the birth of Christ and of New Year’s necessitated obligatory visits to ancestral cemeteries. Hand-carved headstones, both new and weathered, were lovingly decorated with votive candles, religious emblems, artificial poinsettias and black wreaths. Local graveyards become hosts to carloads of kin paying earnest respects. Oddly, the departed seemed particularly close to us, as we rejoiced without their earthly presence. Widows, widowers and orphans were known to be stricken with a touch of melancholy, as the merriment commenced.
      I can still clearly recall inviting the mailman and milkman into the house on Christmas Eve, for fresh egg-nog and fruitcake. It seems like yesterday when we would peruse corner Christmas tree lots debating the pros and cons of long and short needle freshly cut trees. Purchasing extra greenery for the mantle, staircase and dining room table was a task entrusted to the youngest children, old maids and the elderly.
      When all the gifts had been wrapped, after the Christmas tree was lit and when company had gone home, the evenings oftentimes ended with families singing carols around an old upright or parlor grand piano. Special radio and television programs also fueled our holiday cheer.
      To this day, when I hear Bing Crosby, Frank Sinatra, Perry Como, Judy Garland, Kate Smith or Brenda Lee sing Christmas standards such as White Christmas, I am transported back to earlier simpler times. We did not know it then but we do now. Those were the good old days. And I expect them to be time immemorial.
      The above selection is an excerpt from Memories and Melancholy: Reflections on the Mahoning Valley and Youngstown, Ohio, iUniverse, 2005, by Richard S. Scarsella. You can order this book from and other fine booksellers.
  ACH Christmas Tree Lighting  
  December 10, 2015 Edition  
     photo/Howard Reese
       AKRON CHILDRENS HOSPITAL, 6505 MARKET ST., HELD its annual Christmas tree lighting ceremonies on Thurs., Dec. 3 and used the event as a stage to announce some $18.6 million in building expansion on the campus. Announcement of the expansion plans made no mind to kids who visited Santa, including one and a half-year-old Sophia Bennett.
  Hearing Set Dec. 1 On Proposed Drug Treatment Facility  
  New Day Recovery LLC Wants To Open 16-Bed Facility:   November 26, 2015 Edition  
      A zoning hearing has been scheduled for Tues., Dec. 1 at 7:00 p.m. at the Boardman Township Government Center for a proposed drug treatment center on Boardman-Canfield Rd., near several residential streets, including Harrington Ave., Mill Creek Blvd., Ron Joy Place and Pinewood Dr.; and across the street from East and West Parkside Drives.
      According to documents filed with the Boardman Zoning Department, the in-patient facility for addiction treatment would be located at 920 and 960 Boardman-Canfield Rd. and operated by New Day Recovery LLC that was formed in Aug., 2015.
      The permit is being sought by Felix Savon, owner of Savon Enterprises LLC, of 830 Boardman-Canfield Rd.; and Tom Ivany and Kim DiPillo, of New Day Recovery.
      “We want to open a 16-bed, sub-acute detox facility,” Savon said in documents filed with the Zoning Office.
      A hearing on the matter was held on Tues., Oct. 27, when the Boardnman Zoning Board of Appeals turned down the request.
      Savon said the buildings the drug treatment center would occupy have been vacant for over a year.
      According to Savon, clients “will be provided with ‘medication’ to alleviate their discomfort and make them as comfortable as possible.”
  November 26, 2015 Edition  
     May you and your family have a Blessed Thanksgiving!
      Not what we say about our blessings,
      but how we use them,
      Is the true measure of Thanksgiving.
      -- WT Purkiser
  The Future Of Southern Park  
  November 19, 2015 Edition  
     Cheddars, a restaurant located at the Southern Park Mall, has announced it is closing its doors. The closing, along with other factors, raises concerns about the future well-being of the mall.
      The Southern Park Mall is located on a somewhat ‘land-locked property’ that it some cases prevents its expansion.
      Anyone who needs a comparison can look at the Eastwood Mall complex in Trumbull County.
      In addition, since the property was sold more than a decade ago to the Simon Corp., the mall has in no way been maintained, or marketed, as it was by its founder, the Edward J. DeBartolo Corp.
      The lack of maintenance, and exceptionally poor marketing, combined with a lack of a tenant mix, particularly so-called high-end businesses, impacts the customer base attracted to the mall.
      Often, as compared to it heydays under the DeBartolo Corp., consumers suggest they now don’t go to the mall on weekends.
      Additionally, a new shopping center is currently under construction along Rt. 7 in Columbiana, at the intersection of Rt. 14. It will provide competition for the customer base at the Southern Park Mall.
      The Southern Park Mall was a much better place to shop when it was locally owned.
      These factors cause concern for the future viability of the Southern Park Mall. They should not go overlooked.
  December Holiday Events At Boardman Park  
  November 19, 2015 Edition  
     Boardman Park will continue a long-standing tradition of holiday events during the month of December, including Sun., Dec. 6 with a community Christmas event, including the lighting of the community Christmas tree at 6:00 p.m.
      Following is a listing of December events in the park:
      Thurs., Dec. 3
      Senior Fun Day 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
      Seniors, come out to Boardman Park and enjoy some wonderful activities. Exercising, crafts, blood pressure screening, lunch and bingo will take place in the Lariccia Family Community Center. Cost is $1/person. To RSVP call 330-965-0482. Sponsored by Shepherd of the Valley, Senior Independence, Boardman Park.
      Sunday, Dec. 6
      Community Christmas 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.
      Create a new family tradition by gathering your family and friends and coming out to Boardman’s Community Christmas, to decorate your own family named tree, see Santa and enjoy Holiday music. Beginning at 4pm-bring some natural decorations and decorate one of the Park’s pine trees. Some decorating examples would be: pine cones covered in peanut butter, birdseed, cereal/popcorn strings, bagels, orange slices, use your imagination and have fun with it! Reserve your tree by calling the Park Office at 330-726-8105 or e-mailing Angela at Santa will be arriving by fire truck at 4:20 p.m. Be sure to bring your camera and take a picture with Santa in the Gazebo. Then, head up to The St. James Meeting House and enjoy some cookies and hot chocolate while listening to Christmas music and caroling led by Tom Ruggieri and Linda Smrek and The Boardman High School Band beginning at 4:30 p.m. The lighting of the Community Christmas Tree will take place at 4:45 p.m.
      All activities are free and will take place near the Gazebo and St. James Church.
      Tues., Dec. 8 and Wed., Dec. 9
      Supper With Santa 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
      Come and join Santa Claus for supper. Enjoy his company while you eat, make crafts, and listen to some music. A professional picture with Santa is included in the fee. There is no better way to celebrate the holiday season than with Jolly Old St. Nick. $7 per Boardman Resident/ $9 for Non-Residents. (children ages 2 and under are free). Tickets can be purchased at the Park Office or at Tickets will not be sold at the door.
      Tues., Dec. 15 and Wed., Dec. 16
      Santa’s Calling 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
      Boardman Park will be assisting Santa with a direct line from the North Pole to the Community. Parents who would like their children, ages 3-8, to receive a phone call from Santa can pick up a form at the Boardman Park Office or it can be downloaded from our website, Completed forms should be returned to the Park Office, 375 Boardman-Poland Rd. or faxed to 330-726-4562. Deadline is Dec. 14. Since this is a busy time for Santa, he will only have time for one phone call to each family. It’s very important that you are home during your scheduled time. There is no fee for the phone call.
      Thurs., Dec. 17
      Senior Fun Day 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
      Seniors, come out to Boardman Park and enjoy some wonderful activities. Exercising, crafts, blood pressure screening, lunch and bingo will take place in the Lariccia Family Community Center. Cost is $1/person. To RSVP call 330-965-0482.
      Sat., Dec. 19
      The Elegant String Quartet Holiday Concert
      5:00 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.
      Enjoy this free concert of Holiday favorites played with such elegance and grace. Come add a touch of class to your holiday by listening to the sounds of warmth and tradition. The concert will take place in the St. James Meeting House which will be lavished with handmade decorations created by the Holborn Herb Growers Guild.
      Mon., Dec. 21
      Cookies for Santa 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
      Do you love making cookies with the kids but hate the mess and the clean up? Come to Boardman Park and enjoy making cookies for Santa with your children. Children will enjoy making cut-out cookies, holiday Grinch waffles, decorating their masterpieces, crafts and much more. This is ooey-gooey fun for all! Cost: $5 per Boardman resident child/$7 Non-resident child (Parents and children under 2 are free) Tickets can be purchased at the Park Office beginning 11/9/15. No tickets will be sold at the door.
      For more information on these and upcoming Park Events contact the Park Office at 330-726-8107 or visit our website
  November 12, 2015 Edition  
      Boardman Township Civil Service Commission - Full-Time Entry Level Police Officer, Boardman, OH - $34,530.00 Annual Salary. The complete job announcement and application with available bonus points can be viewed on the Boardman Township website: .
      Applications will be available electronically via the Boardman Township Website or by email request to, from November 6, 2015 through December 17, 2015. Office hours: by appointment only, please call (330)726-4177 x 61701 during normal business hours or (330)540-8204 after 4pm.
      Completed applications will be accepted beginning December 8, 2015 from 9-12pm and 2-5pm Monday - Friday until December 17, 2015, except weekends & holidays. The Boardman Civil Service Office is located at the Boardman Township Fire Department, 136 Boardman-Poland Rd, Boardman, Ohio. If you encounter an unforeseeable scheduling conflict, please contact (330) 540-8204 for further assistance.
      Applicants must obtain a Certificate of Completion, at the applicant’s expense, for physical agility from Cuyahoga Community College to participate in the written examination. Test dates are November 15, 2015, December 13, 2015 or January 17, 2016.
      The written examination will be administered on January 20, 2016 in the cafeteria of the Boardman Senior High School located at 7777 Glenwood Avenue, Boardman, Ohio.
  It’s going to be a mild winter!  
  November 12, 2015 Edition  
      Boardman Trustee Brad Calhoun observed on Monday night that the squirrels have not been busy gathering nuts from the ground this fall, a sure sign, according to an old sage of a mild winter!
  Boardman Middle Schools  
  Holiday Concerts Dec 10 & Dec 11:   November 12, 2015 Edition  
     Boardman Middle Schools will present two band holiday concerts on Thurs., Dec. 10 and Fri., Dec. 11.
      The 5th and 7th grade band holiday concert featuring the combined Center and Glenwood 7th grade jazz ensemble will be held Thurs. Dec. 10.
      The 6th and 8th grade band holiday concert featuring the combined Center and Glenwood 8th grade jazz ensemble will be held Fri., Dec. 11.
      Both concerts begin at 7:00 p.m. at the Performing Arts Center. Admission/donations accepted at the door---Adults $3.00, Students $2.00, Senior Citizens and children under 10 free.
  Team Wendy Fundraiser  
  At Youngstown Shrine Club Sun., Dec 6:   November 12, 2015 Edition  
     A dear friend to so many, Wendy Gavalier, is battling pancreatic cancer. She underwent a surgical procedure in September which placed her into ICU for two months.
      We, ‘Team Wendy’, want to rally around her and show her how much her Youngstown family supports her. Wendy always gave her love, smile and time unconditionally, wherever she went and whenever someone was in need. Now is our time to return blessings back to her.
      On Sun., Dec. 6, Team Wendy will hold a Spaghetti Dinner Fundraiser, at the Youngstown Shrine Club, 1735 W. South Range Rd., North Lima, from 12 noon until 4:00 p.m.
      Tickets are $10 for adults, $5 for children ages 6 to 12, and free for children under 5 years. Advance tickets are available and supporters are welcome to dine in or carry-out. Tickets are also available at the door.
      If you wish to send goodwill messages to Wendy, placemats will be printed with 2”x 3” size messages, personal or business ads, for $20 per ad. Just send your message or ad, along with a check made payable to John Gavalier to: Team Wendy, c/o B&J Electric, PO Box 215, North Lima, OH 44452. Ads are due by Nov. 30.
      For more information, to drop off Chinese Auction items, to purchase tickets, or RSVP, call or stop by: B&J Electric, 10950 Woodworth Rd., North Lima, call Billie 330-717-0863; or The Boardman News, 8302 Southern Blvd., S2A, Boardman, call Gwen 330-507-4162.
      If you can not attend the dinner on Dec. 6 and wish to make a donation, please send check made payable to John Gavalier, and mail to Team Wendy, c/o B&J Electric, PO Box 215, North Lima, OH 44452.
      For online donations go to Wendy.
      Be sure to visit ‘Team Wendy Spaghetti Dinner’ on Facebook.
      PICTURED: Wendy Gavalier rooting on O-H-I-O
  November 5, 2015 Edition  
     The Boardman Township Zoning Commission will conduct a Public Hearing on the following amendments to the Boardman Township Zoning Resolution and Township Zoning Map on Thursday, November 19, 2015 at 5:30 P.M. in the Marie P. DeBartolo Meeting Room, Boardman Township Government Center, 8299 Market Street, Boardman, Ohio, 44512. Texts and map of the proposed changes may be viewed in the Zoning Office, same address, between the hours of 8:00 A.M. and 4:00 P.M. Monday through Friday, until the time of the Hearing.
      Following the recommendation of the Zoning Commission, the proposed amendments will be referred to the Board of Trustees for final determination.
      AMENDMENT A-2015-11
      Robert Pavlov, 132 Island Drive, Boardman, Ohio, 44512, property owner and agent on behalf of Donna Koziorynsky, 1150 Madonda Street, Boardman, Ohio, 44512, requests the rezoning of four (4) parcels located along the northeast corner of the Madonda Street – South Avenue intersection. The requested parcels are known as:
      • Parcel 29-021-0-193.00-0, part lot 1 of the Dalzell Plat, 0.50 acres in size, request to rezone from a Business zoning district to a Commercial zoning district in its entirety;
      • Parcel 29-021-0-192.00-0, part lot 1 of the Dalzell Plat, 0.50 acres in size, request to rezone from a Business zoning district to a Commercial zoning district in its entirety;
      • Parcel 29-021-0-191.00-0, 5009 South Avenue, 1.01 acres in size, request to rezone from a Business zoning district to a Commercial zoning district in its entirety; and
      • Parcel 29-021-0-195.00-0, 5001 South Avenue, 0.93 acres in size, currently a Business zoning district to a depth of 350’ from the centerline of South Avenue with the remainder zoned Residential R-2 zoning district, requested to rezone to a Commercial zoning district in its entirety.
      All parcels located in Boardman Township, Mahoning County, State of Ohio.
      Peter W. Lymber, Chairman
      Boardman Township Zoning Commission
      Sarah Gartland, Zoning Inspector
  November 5, 2015 Edition  
      The Boardman Township Board of Appeals shall hold a Public Hearing on Tuesday, November 17, 2015 at 7:00 P.M., at the Boardman Township Government Center, 8299 Market Street, Boardman Township, Ohio, 44512, for consideration of the following cases:
      APPEAL CASE AC-2015-26
      Mike Mayernik, 481 Champion Avenue East, Warren, Ohio, 44483, on behalf of the property owner, Eagle Developing Corporation, P.O. Box 1592, Hermitage, PA 16148, requests a variance from the terms of the Boardman Township Zoning Resolution, effective May 29, 2012, Article XII, Section D, Letter H, in order to construct a sign at 8051 Market Street, seeking a relief from the limitation of one sign per parcel. The property is further known as Lot 11 in the Karago Industrial Park Plat, Parcel Number 29-034-0-008.00-0. Said property is zoned Commercial for a depth of 100’, with the remainder zoned Industrial, in Boardman Township, Mahoning County, State of Ohio.
      APPEAL CASE AC-2015-27
      Ann and Rob Nischwitz, Ahara Enterprises, LLC, 4017 Canfield Road, Canfield, Ohio, 44406, on behalf of the owner, WP Realty, Inc., 940 Haverford Road, Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania, 19101 requests a Conditional Use Permit in accordance with the terms of Article XVI Administration, Section I, Conditional Use Regulations, of the Boardman Township Zoning Resolution effective May 29, 2012, in order to operate a second-hand movies, music, and video games store, identified as a Conditional Use in Article XIX Land use Tables. Said use is proposed to occur at 339 Boardman Canfield Road, also known as Lot 273 in the Westward Ho Plat, Parcel 29-102-0-110.01-0. Said property is zoned Commercial in Boardman Township, Mahoning County, State of Ohio.
      APPEAL CASE AC-2015-28
      Scott C. Radcliff, AIA, Hasenstab Architects, 190 North Union St., Ste 400, Akron Ohio, 44304, applicant, on behalf of the property owner, Children’s Hospital Medical Center, One Perkins Square, Akron, Ohio 44308, requests a Conditional Use Permit in accordance with the terms of Article XVI Administration, Section I, Conditional Use Regulations, of the Boardman Township Zoning Resolution effective May 29, 2012, to allow for the expansion of the hospital “Building A”, identified as a Conditional Use in Article XIX Land use Tables. Said use is proposed to occur at 6505 Market Street, Akron Children’s Hospital, also known as Lot 1 of the Beeghley Medical Center Plat 1, Parcel Number 29-004-0-131.00-0, which is zoned Commercial and Residence R-1 in Boardman Township, Mahoning County, State of Ohio.
      Text and maps of the request may be viewed at the Boardman Township Zoning Office, 8299 Market Street, Boardman, Ohio, 44512, Monday through Friday, between the hours of 8:00 A.M. and 4:00 P.M. until time of the hearing.
      Atty. John Shultz, Chairman
      Boardman Township Board of Appeals
      Sarah Gartland, Zoning Inspector
  29th Annual Magic Of The Angels Christmas Event Nov. 21 At Mr. Anthony’s  
  November 5, 2015 Edition  
     The Magic of the Angels Christmas 29th annual holiday event, The Nutcracker will be held Sat., Nov. 21, opening at 6:00 p.m. at Mr. Anthony’s Famous Banquet Centre, 7440 South Ave.
      A gourmet dinner and dancing will include silent auctions of decorated trees, designer pieces, gift baskets, collector’s items ad dancing to the music of the Sensations.
      The event will also feature a special silent auction item to the famous Greenbrier Resort located amid the breathtaking mountains of West Virginia. The Greenbrier is a national historic landmark and world-class resort that has been welcoming guests from around the world since 1778. The natural mineral springs that drew the first guests over 235 years ago continue to lure visitors to the 10,000 acre luxury retreat. With a guest list that has included 26 of our country’s 44 presidents, The Greenbrier has long been a favorite destination of royalty, celebrities and business leaders.
      The Nutcracker celebration will benefit Easter Seals and Youngstown Hearing and Speech and will feature the Building Tomorrows program of intense therapy for children with disabilities.
      Tickets for the event cost $75 per person. Call 330-599-5500 for tickets or to make a donation.
      Grand raffle tickets for a $2,000 Holiday Shopping Spree compliments of Eastwood Mall Complex are now on sale at $10 each and can be purchased by calling 330-599-5568; or can be purchased from members of the Angels. The winner does not need to be present to win.
      A Children’s Magical Tree will be decorated during the evening with $25 ornament donations purchased by sponsors.
      Corporate sponsors for the annaul gala include---
      Silver Santas: Phyllis and Vincent Bacon, Kathy and Ron Carroll, Carolyn and Jim Leetch, Lynn and George Mitchell, Susan and Timothy Rupert, Dr. and Mrs. Keith Wilson, Compco Industries and Mr. and Mrs. Clarence Smith, and the Rotary Club of Boardman.
      Bronze Santas: Emily and Bill DeToro, Carol and Doug Lumsden, Lynn and Bob Sahli, Dominion East Ohio, The Cafaro Foundation, Jones Wealth Management/Merrill Lynch and Bassinger Auction Service.
      Pewter Santas: Denise DeBartolo York, Shelly LaBerto, Mary Lou Green, Frank and Norma J. Watson Foundation, V & V Appliance Parts, Inc., Easter Seals Board and Chick-fil-A of Boardman.
      The Angels will also hold their annual the Holiday Brunch and Sweet Shoppe on Dec. 9, at Mr. Anthony’s.
  Two Dead, One Alive After Heroin Overdoses  
  October 29, 2015 Edition  
     A 31-year-old man and a 52-year-old man are dead; and a 23-year-old man was revived during three suspected heroin overdoses in the township since Oct. 17.
      Last Thurs., Oct. 22, Boardman police were called to 4343 Chester Dr., apt. 1 near 10:30 p.m. Ptl. Phil Merlo said that during a 25-minute period, four doses of ‘narcan’ were given to 31-year-old Gregory Gisewhite “directly into his cartoid artery, with no results.” Gisewhite was declared dead at 10:52 p.m.
      On Sat., Oct. 24, at 8:45 p.m., police were called to an apartment at 3985 South Schenley Ave. where Boardman Fire EMS personnel said they found 52-year-old George Oracio, laying dead on the bathroom floor.
      On Sat., Oct. 17, about 1:00 p.m., 23-year-old David Michael Higham was found “unresponsive and not breathing” on the living room floor at 5008 Firnley Ave., while another man slept on a nearby couch.
      Ptl. Jamison Diglaw said that Higham was given narcan and regained consciousness.
      Gregory Gisewhite
      When Officer Merlo arrived on Chester Dr. last Saturday, he spoke with Erica N. Woods, Gisewhite’s 31-year-oldlive-in girlfriend, who was hysterical and extremely distraught.
      “Erica advised she and Gisewhite had ‘shot-up’ heroin together in the kitchen and she must have passed out,” Officer Merlo reported. Woods said the next thing she remembered was finding Gisewhite ‘unresponsive’ in a bedroom.
      Questioned by the policeman, Woods was unable to give any particular times when they ingested heroin, or when she woke-up afterwards.
      According to Gisewhite’s grandmother, Barbara Fairchild, of Cortland, upon first discovering Gisewhite’s body, Woods called her and the grandmother then told the girlfriend to call 9-1-1.
      Woods told police that Gisewhite purchased $50 worth of heroin sometime around 8:30 from a dealer she identified as ‘D’ about 8:30 p.m. and made the transaction in the parking lot of a Family Dollar store. Police seized Gisewhite’s cell phone, believed to contained ‘D’s’ phone number.
      “Woods said that ‘D’ is the black male who they have bought from in the past,” Officer Merlo reported.
      Police found cotton swabs and knotted baggie corners in a kitchen trash can, and with the assistance of Gisewhite’s grandmother, a capped syringe, burnt spoon and rolled-up napkin were found under a bedroom mattress.
      At 11:45 p.m., Gisewhite’s body was taken to the Mahoning County morgue.
      George Oracio
      According to Ptl. Jake Lape, when he entered Oracio’s apartment, he observed a burnt spoon containing heroin residue on a bathroom counter, and observed a hypodermic needle in the man’s left hand.
      His brother, who was at the apartment, told police that Oracio ‘was hepatitis-C’ and “would frequently use cocaine,” Officer Lape said.
      David Mitchell Higham
      Chad Estap, 23, of 5008 Firnley Ave., told Officer Diglaw that Higham had been living with him “temporarily,” and that Higham “had just returned to the apartment and passed out and fell to the floor.”
      “Arthur Young (29, also of 5008 Firnley Ave.) was asleep on the living room couch during the incident,” Officer Diglaw said, adding that Austin Reash, (18, of 5924 Friendship Ave.) was...asleep in the bedroom.”
      According to Officer Diglaw, Estep told police he does not tolerate drugs in his house and was unaware of Higham’s heroin use.
      Police spoke with Higham in the emergency room at St. Elizabeth Hospital in Boardman.
      “Higham admitted using heroin, claiming he was walking in an unknown location in Youngstown when he was approached (by a stranger) who offered him a free taste,” Officer Diglaw reported, adding “Higham admitted to being a heroin user, but stated he hadn’t used in a long time.”
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  Drug Detox Site Proposed Along Rt. 224  
  October 22, 2015 Edition  
      A zoning hearing has been set for Tues., Oct. 27 at 7:00 p.m. at the Boardman Township Government Center to consider a conditional use permit that if approved would allow for a drug addiction treatment center located along Boardman-Canfield Rd., near to several residential streets, including Harrington Ave., Mill Creek Blvd., Ron Joy Place and Pinewood Dr.; and across the street from East and West Parkside Drive.
      According to documents filed with the Boardman Zoning Department, the in-patient facility for addiction treatment would be located at 920 Boardman-Canfield Rd. and operated by New Day Recovery LLC that was formed in Aug., 2015.
      The permit is being sought by Felix Savon, owner of Savon Enterprises LLC, of 830 Boardman-Canfield Rd.; and Tom Ivany and Kim DiPillo, of New Day Recovery.
      In the documents submitted to the zoning office. Savon notes “We have an opioid crisis...that has dramatically changed the number of people needing immediate treatment. To meet that need, we want to open a 16-bed, sub-acute detox facility...We can save lives at a critical time in the recovery process.”
      Savon says the buildings the drug treatment center would occupy have been vacant for over a year.
      “When occupied, they will be supervised 24-hours-a-day and the clients will not be driving to and from the facility.”
      Savon suggests the New Day will provide detoxification services to addicts “in a warm, comfortable and upscale environment until the client is stabilized.” Additionally, outpatient services and educational programs will be provided.
      According to Savon, clients “will be provided with ‘medication’ to alleviate their discomfort and make them as comfortable as possible.”
      Additionally, Savon said, “After the removal of toxic drugs from the body, clients engage in New Day Recovery’s outpatient services in order to confront the underlying issues that contribute to addiction.”
      Savon and Tom Ivany are listed as owners of New Day Recovery, according to documents on file in the zoning office.
  More Than 30,000 Calls Every Year As Vanguard Of Public Safety: Vote Yes!  
  October 22, 2015 Edition  
     Voters will go to the polls on Tues., Nov. 3 to cast their ballot on a 3.85-mil renewal tax levy for the Boardman Police Department. The issue raises some $3.4 million a year, and funds are restricted solely for the use of the Boardman Police Department.
      Residents and business owners and operators in Boardman Township are especially fortunate to be served by the 60 officers of the Boardman Police Department, who serve a community of some 45,000 residents where, as the shopping center for the Mahoning Valley the daytime population swells to more than 100,000; and upwards to a quarter million people during the holiday shopping season.
      The Boardman Police Department is served by an excellent Narcotics Enforcement Unit (NEU), whose conviction rate on raids staged weekly is at virtually 100 per cent. As a side note, money seized from the dope dealers by the NEU is forfeited back to the police department and such funds have added additional financial support to our police department for use, for example, in purchasing police cruisers and equipment.
      The Boardman Police Department also provides a Juvenile Diversion Program, giving a chance to kids in trouble with the law to rehabilitate, before they enter the court system
      In the last four years, the Boardman Police Department has embarked on a daily school walk-though program at all Boardman public and parochial schools. The program provides a definite police presence in our schools and such a presence helps keeps kids and the schools safe when they are open. Additionally, two Boardman police officers, Sgt. C.F. Hillman Jr. and Ptl. Paul Poulos, work daily within the public school system, adding even more police presence in the schools.
      In October, the Boardman Police Department announced a new program, designed to help keep our senior citizens safe. The Care Call program provides computer generated telephone calls to senior citizens. If there is no answer to the ‘care calls,’ a police officer will be dispatched to insure a senior citizen enrolled in the program is safe. The program is provided free of charge to all residents of Boardman Township.
      We note however, in our opinion, more than 60 police officers are needed in Boardman, not only to insure public safety, but also to insure the safety of our officers, who are truly professionals!
      Annually, the Boardman Police Department answers more than 30,000 calls as the vanguard of public safety in the township.
      Given their professionalism and the wide variety of services provided by the relatively small numbers of employees in the Boardman Police Department, we recommend a YES VOTE on Nov. 3 FOR the 3.85-mil renewal levy for the Boardman Police Department. The measure calls for no new taxes.
  YSO Country Legends  
  Sat., Nov. 7 at 8pm:   October 22, 2015 Edition  
     Country comes to the city and the Edward W. Powers Auditorium on Sat., Nov. 7 at 8:00 p.m. when the Youngstown Symphony Orchestra and conductor Randall Craig Fleischer present Country Legends. Country Legends invites patrons attending the concert to come in their Western gear and take part in all the fun at this footstompin’, toe-tappin’ musical event.
      Country Legends is a musical tribute to some of the greatest names in country music starring Nashville-based singers Rachel Potter and Patrick Thomas. The program conceived by YSO’s Randall Craig Fleischer, highlights songs by famed singers and songwriters like Johnny Cash, Hank Williams, Kenny Rogers, Dolly Parton, Carrie Underwood and Faith Hill. Songs such as Crazy made famous by Patsy Cline, Thank God I’m a Country Boy from the John Denver songbook, Billy Ray Cyrus’ Achy Breaky Heart and Willie Nelson’s hits On The Road Again and Aways On My Mind are just a few of the more than twenty songs included in the playlist.
      Rachel Potter, a Nashville-based country music recording artist and songwriter, was a top twelve Finalist on the hit television reality show X Factor. In addition to her country music credits, Potter appeared on Broadway in The Addams Family and the recent revival of Evita. She also starred as Glinda in the National Tour of Wicked.
      Patrick Thomas, a native of Colleyville, Tex., is a Nashville-based recording artist and was a finalist on Season 1 Of The Voice. On Broadway, he performed in Anything Goes as Billy Crocker. Thomas stays busy writing music, touring as band leader for a number of recording artists and performing multiple times as week at the Boy Band Dueling Piano Bar in Nashville.
      Joining guest soloists will be local vocalists James McClellan, Janeen Williams and Cassandra Rondinella and a country band and full symphony orchestra. The orchestra’s opening pops concert, Country Legends, is sponsored in part by Home Savings Charitable Foundation.
      Concert attendees are invited to continue the evenings music-making at After Hours with the Jeff Bremer Group in the Overture lobby inside the DeYor Performing Arts Center following the concert for a selection of beverages and late-night snack.
      Tickets are now on sale for Country Legends at the DeYor Performing Arts Center box office at 330-744-0264 or online at
  JS Interior Innovations Holds Ribbon Cutting At New Furniture Showroom  
  Boardman News Oct 15-21 Edition  
  October 19, 2015 Edition  
      The Youngstown-Warren Regional Chamber held a ribbon cutting at the recently opened JS Interior Innovations, the areas’ only locally owned & operated “contract (commercial) furniture showroom”
      Their parent company, Joseph Sylvester Construction Co., now entering its’ 60th year in business, has offered furniture lines for the past 10 years.
      Now, they are expanding with JS Interior Innovations, offering several more innovative furniture and product lines for “Creative Solutions for your Workspace”. Some of the new product lines include: Trendway, Bernhardt, Paoli, Workrite, Clarus GlassBoards, Special T, SnowSoundUSA and AllSeating.
      Kathy Sylvester, Co-Owner & CFO of JS Interior Innovations states, “As the environments and the way we work changes and evolves, we want to be able to offer adaptable products that evolve and change with us. We can now offer every type of furniture to include office, corporate interiors, retail, hospitality or medical furniture while still including items for that much needed “Home Office”. Our fine quality products range from high pressure laminates to wood, fabrics and leathers, cubicles to “floor to ceiling” walls, desks and storage systems, electric adjustable-height work tables, conference room tables, lounge & guest seating, acoustic sound panels, dry-erase glass boards, task lighting & more.
      In addition, the JS Interior Innovations team offers the service of design/build, consulting, installation & customization for your project.
      Showroom Hours of operation are currently by appointment only.
      For more information call 330.758.4277 or visit The business office is located at 7087 West Blvd. Suite #10 in Boardman. JS Interior Innovations can be found on Facebook, Instagram, and Google Plus.
      Pictured: JS Interior Innovations is the only locally owned and operated ‘contract (commercial) furniture showroom’ in the area. Pictured, left to right, are members of the Sylvester family, Ann Sylvester, Kathy Sylvester, Joe Sylvester Jr. Joey Sylvester and JS Interior Innovations employee, Natalie Ray. Showroom hours of operation are currently by appointment only. For more information contact 330-758-4277 or visit
  100th Birthday Celebration Raises Over $100,000 For Sister Jerome’s Poor  
  October 15, 2015 Edition  
      associate editor
      It was about six months early, but it didn’t matter as some 350 persons gathered on Sunday evening at the Georgetown in Boardman to pay tribute to Sister Jerome Corcoran on her 100th birthday.
      The birthday celebration also served as a fund-raiser for Sister Jerome’s Poor, which helps working poor families, and provides mentoring and financial assistance to enable inner city children to complete college or trade school.
      The event raised over $100,000, and brought accolades from around the state to Sister Jerome, who was a member of the first-ever co-ed class at Ursuline High School in 1934.
      Sister Jerome, who joined the Ursuline Sisterhood in 1935, has addressed the needs of children for over 70 years. She taught in parochial schools and Ursuline High School. For 15 years, she supervised education in the Diocese of Youngstown.
      In 1976, she began Millcreek Children’s Center which she directed for 36 years. In 1998 she, Sister Mary Dunn and Developing Potential, Inc. founded a charter school, Youngstown Community School. After leaving that post in 2012, at the age of 96, she founded Sister Jerome’s Poor.
      Last year, Sister Jerome’s Poor provided assistance to more than 400 working poor residents of Youngstown.
      Spry and chipper on the backside of 99-years-old, (she was born Apr. 21, 1916) Sister Jerome told those in attendance that retirement is not an option.
      “I still have a lot to do,” she said after receiving accolades from local, state and national political figures, as well as a Papal Blessing from Pope Francis.
      “Poverty begets poverty, and the only hope to escape it is a good education. I have found this to be true time and again in my decades as an educator and school administrator,” Sister Jerome said.
      Asked about the secret of her longevity, Sister Jerome replied “My parents each lived to be 98-years-old, and that’s a good start. Aside from that, I have no idea.”
      Pictured: photo/John A. Darnell jr.
       SISTER JEROME CORCORAN was all smiles as she received an autographed football from Youngstown State University president Jim Tressel on Sunday night during a 100th birthday celebration in her honor that was held at the Georgetown.
  Great Garage Doors Has Provided Great Service For More Than Three Decades  
  October 15, 2015 Edition  
      A local business recently faced a big problem. The business couldn’t open its garage doors to open for the day.
      It took only a telephone call to Sam Ciminero’s Great Garage Doors and within an hour the problem was corrected and the business opened.
      “We got a repair truck in the are and will be right there,” Ciminero told the business.
      It’s just that kind of service that has kept Great Garage Doors in business for the past 31 years.
      Sam and his wife, Sandy, opened their business out of a 3000 sq-ft warehouse on Hubbard Rd. By 1990 the business had grown by leaps and bounds and great Garage Doors moved into their 11,000 sq-ft showroom and warehouse on Andrews Ave. in Youngstown.
      “We have been really blessed to have an excellent staff with little turnover since,” Sam Ciminero said this week.
      His wife added “Everyone, from the office workers to the sales staff and installers works together to make us a well-rounded business.”
      When the company first opened, it consisted of Sam and his wife, and an installer. It now employs 14 people.
      “We take a lot of pride in being in business for more than three decades, and our philosophy of providing good service to our customers,” Sam notes. Providing accurate times when scheduling repairs and installations is a must, and all installers was equipped with radio-dispatched service vans.
      In addition to providing quick service calls, Great Garage Doors also provide quick installation service because of a large inventory in its warehouse, upwards of 500 steel doors in a variety of colors, and some 200 garage door openers. It is one of the largest garage door inventories between Cleveland and Pittsburgh.
      “Do-it-yourselfers can stop by on Andrews Ave., buy parts and take advantage of our in-house experts who provide advice and instruction,” Mrs. Ciminero says.
      Among the staff of Great Garage Doors are the Ciminero’s three children who have either worked or are working in different positions in the business.
      Looking back on more than three decades, Sam notes the experience has been vary gratifying.
      “We provide a great service that we stand behind. If we have a complaint, we correct it immediately,” he said.
  Larry Napolitan, 89, One Of Eight Living Members Of Greatest-Ever Indiana Hoosiers Grid Team, Will Be Honored  
  October 15, 2015 Edition  
      On Friday and Saturday, Oct. 16-17, Boardman resident Larry Napolitan, 89, of 7900 Walnut St., will be honored at Indiana University in Bloomington, Ind. as a member of the only team in Indiana Hoosier’s history to outright win the Big 10 football championship.
      With a record of 9-0-1, his 1945 team is also the only undefeated team in the history of Indiana football.
      The celebration will mark the 70th anniversary of that team’s victory. A banquet will be held on Friday honoring Napolitan and the other nine remaining, living members of the team. They will also be honored on the field before the homecoming football game on Saturday where the Hoosiers will host Rutgers.
      Napolitan graduated from Farrell High School, Farrell, Pa. in 1944 where he played football under Hank Day and assistant coach Tony Paulekas. He also was an outstanding wrestler, going undefeated in his senior year when placed first and was named junior champion at the tournament of the Allegheny Mountain Association in the 174-lb. class.
      Napolitan went on to Indiana University on a football scholarship. As a freshman that year he wore number 86 and played end, weighing just 170 pounds. The team was coached by Bo McMillan. Two players from that team went on to play professional ball--Pete Pihos, a football Hall of Fame inductee who played for the Philadelphia Eagles; and slugger Ted Kluszewski, who played baseball for the Cincinnati Reds.
      Napolitan later graduated from Youngs-town State University with an accounting degree and became a CPA. He worked as the CFO at Lake Park Tool and Machine for most of his career.
      He has been married for 66 years to the former Anita Pettola, originally from Sharon, Pa, and has three children---Mary Ann (Ed) Keifer, Nancy Napolitan and Larry (Shelly) Napolitan; as well as four grandchildren---Melanie (Carl) Angiuli, and Jacob, Emma and Ben Napolitan; and two great-grandchildren, Gisella and Marialena Angiuli.
      Among the highlights of that 1945 season were---
       •Sept. 28, 1945; Pete Pihos and Howard Brown return from World War II in time for the second game of the year at Northwestern. The Hoosiers tie the Wildcats, 7-7. Pihos was a lieutenant in the 35th Infantry Division, and Brown received three Purple Heart citations for his service in the European Theater of Operations. Neither had been discharged when the season began, but they were granted 60-day leaves by the Army and returned in time for the second game of the season against Northwestern
       •Nov. 24, 1945: “This is the greatest thrill of my life,” said Head Coach Bo McMillin after the Hoosiers defeated Purdue, 26-0, to clinch the Big Ten title and a 9-0-1 season.
       •Nov. 27, 1945: IU finished fourth in the Associated Press football poll behind Army, Navy and Alabama.
      Pictured: LARRY NAPOLITAN WORE #86 as a member of the greatest football team in the history of Indiana University. That 1945 team went 9-0-1 and captured the school’s one and only outright Big Ten football crown. Napolitan is one of eight living members of that team who will be honored this weekend in Bloomington when the Hoosiers face Rutgers.
  Rabbits: Euthanasia by Drowning? ‘Bag the sick/injured gerbils and bang them against the counter three times in order to ‘painlessly’ euthanize them’  
  October 8, 2015 Edition  
     Pictured: GRETTA WAS A GOLDEN RETRIEVER who greeted all people with a wag of her tail for 15 years when they visited The Boardman News. She died in 2012, and still let’s everyone know what’s going on with all her pet pals up in heaven, when she sends her ‘Gretta Knows’ column back to earth every few weeks or so. Where Gretta is now, she and all her pals enjoy a ‘pawsitive paradise’ everyday, and cruelty has no place. Their tails are always ‘awaggin.’ Gretta wanted everyone here to know what Elisa Keller and Gia DeAscentis say about a local pet store here in Boardman. “Dogs do speak, but only to those who listen.”
      My name is Gia DeAscentis, and I am writing this letter in order to raise awareness of what is going on behind closed doors at Harbor Pet Center, as well as to hopefully encourage proper action to be taken.
      For the past month, the Keller family and I have been privately conducting an investigation regarding Harbor Pet Center (formally known as Petland) in Boardman and it’s owner, Gary Winslow. Our investigation started as a result of not getting answers, or in our opinion, the truthful answers, in connection to the painful and untimely death of the Keller family’s 5-month-old puppy, Sophia, who was purchased at the store.
      In our campaign to inform the public of this devastating situation, we have had close to 150 individuals who have recounting personal horror stories regarding Harbor Pet Center.
      The stories included describing what it was like working for Mr. Winslow at his Boardman Petland/Harbor Pet location, as well as stories of puppies that were purchased at the store that have dropped dead, or have continued to live with debilitating illnesses for the rest of their lives. Unfortunately, we weren’t able to use any of their stories in our investigation because, coming only from us, they would be considered ‘second-hand’ account stories.
      After hearing all of these stories, we publicly urged individuals who had these first hand experiences to share them publicly, so they could be used as evidence in the investigation. To our surprise, not one person responded publicly. However, we only had a short time to feel discouraged as we started to receive private messages stating that Mr. Winslow requires all his employees to sign a confidentiality agreement, forbidding them to talk about what goes on in the store when they are employed and after they quit or are fired.
      I’m not sure if this is a standard requirement of Petland employment, but I feel that it’s a little distressing and definitely sets off a few alarms when a pet store makes you sign a confidentiality waiver forbidding employees to talk about what goes on behind closed doors. In my opinion, if anything, a pet store should take pride in what goes on behind closed doors. They should be urging their past and present employees to talk about the impeccable living conditions and first-rate care their animals are receiving before being sold to new homes, not trying to find a way to conceal everything and anything.
      Fortunately, we had more people come forward who wanted to help and provide more information than we could have ever imagined. Thanks to these brave individuals, voices are now being given to those who can’t speak for themselves.
      We also started uncovering rather appalling information relating to the owner of the local store. We started to slowly piece together information that we had collected as well as information that was volunteered from the public in order to reach some disturbing conclusions
      Gary Winslow and his wife Sharon Winslow had previously owned two Petland franchises, one in Akron, Oh. and one in Boardman, Oh. Gary and his wife opened the Boardman Petland franchise in 2002. From our understanding, Mr. Winslow’s Akron location in the Chapel Hill Mall was closed down in 2009 due to an employee (Liz Carlisle) being charged and convicted of two counts of animal cruelty (she took pictures of herself drowning rabbits in one of the back rooms). When asked why she drowned the rabbits at her sentencing, Carlisle claimed that the animals were injured and she was ordered by her supervisor to drown them. In my opinion, ‘euthanasia by drowning’ is not euthanasia, it is torture. It makes me wonder---‘How did those poor bunnies get so injured that they needed to be put down instead of being treated/seen by a veterinarian, or at least humanely euthanized by a veterinarian?”
      When confronted, Gary Winslow claimed the store “doesn’t make a practice of drowning animals.” However, according to one of our informants (who was a previous employee of Mr. Winslow’s Boardman location) inhumane ways of euthanizing a sick or injured small animal were typical. Our informant claimed she was ordered by supervisors to “bag the sick/injured gerbils and bang them against the counter three times” in order to ‘painlessly’ euthanize them. The informant refused to do this, and stormed out of the store. This happened less than two years ago, and she worked there for three hours, but says “it still haunts her to this day..
      Around the same time his Akron Petland franchise was forced to close and Mr. Winslow renamed the Boardman Petland franchise Harbor Pet Center. I have contacted Petland headquarters in Chillicothe, Oh. regarding this matter and am still waiting on an official statement concerning the name change of the local business from Petland’ to ‘Harbor Pet Center.’
      It is our opinion, as well as several others who have had to deal with Harbor Pet Center management, that Mr. Winslow has refused to return phone calls of people who have purchased sick dogs from the Harbor Pet Center. It is not just us! We have received several reports from individuals telling stories of Mr. Winslow being confronted with vet bills, vet reports, and even autopsy reports that confirm allegations of treatment/origin of the puppies at his store, and yet he still refuses to acknowledge the facts.
      It has been proven that most of these puppies come from Amish puppy mill farms and so-called ‘USDA approved’ breeders and kennels.
      For example, check this web site to see a typical example of a dog’s ‘breeder’ listed on the papers that Harbor Pet Center had gives the owners: (This is an actual breeder from an actual dog purchased from Harbor Pet Center... even more disturbingly so, Harbor Pet Center sold the puppy to his new owners after this “breeder’s” USDA license was revoked.
      According to a handful of personal stories sent to us, Mr. Winslow has blamed these puppies’ new owners (some who have had them for less than 24 hours) that it is ‘their fault that the puppies are sick…,’ even when it is proven otherwise by licensed professionals.
      The following story is an example of one family’s experience---
      One family brought their puppy, Lily, back to Harbor Pet Center less than 24 hours after being purchased; desperately looking for answers as to why their puppy was acting so lethargic. According to the source, the manager took the frantic family into the back room to try and calm them down. The manager claimed a vet check wasn’t necessary, stating that the reason the puppy was so lethargic and shivering was because she was “probably cold.” Instead of taking or encouraging proper medical attention, the manager offered the family a free sweater. The family immediately left and went straight to [Dr. Tom] Crago, a credible local veterinarian. The vet soon determined that Lily’s lungs were 90% full of liquid, that was caused by double pneumonia. Not only were Lily’s lungs full of fluid, a rapid infection was rapidly spreading throughout her tiny body and quickly reaching her heart. The deadly infection was caused by the pneumonia and kennel cough, which is a complex and highly contagious respiratory infection in dogs.
      The veterinarian told the family that their precious puppy had less than a 50/50 chance of living. The family didn’t care what it would take, they were going to do whatever they could to save their puppy. After less than 24 hours of being with this family, Lily was already a family member. Countless vet trips and tons of medication left Lily no time to be a playful, curious puppy, she had to fight to stay alive. The family has been trying for years to get Harbor Pet Center and Gary Winslow to help with the vet bills. However, Mr. Winslow refused to help pay the vet bills, claiming “the puppy wasn’t sick when she was purchased.” In other words, in her less than 24 hours out of the store Lily was able to contract full blown double pneumonia, have her lungs almost completely fill with fluid, get kennel cough and almost die from a life-threatening blood infection?
      The family concluded their letter to us with:
      “Thankfully we are still blessed with Lily today, but it took a lot of determination and patience on our end to keep her alive. I hope everyone fighting this uphill battle can get this place shut down once and for all. No dog/cat/rabbit or whatever else deserves to live a short, unhealthy life, or die so suddenly.”
      People are paying, at times, an upwards of $3,000 for a dog in which they are guaranteed by contract is healthy and vet checked, when in reality can require an additional couple thousand dollars of vet care just to keep them alive. In some cases, Mr. Winslow has refused to reimburse people for their vet bills and refuses to give anyone their money back in the event their puppy should die (that’s right… “In the even their puppy should die…” because what healthy 5-month-old puppy drops dead?) Instead, he has offered store credit, or a ‘replacement puppy…’
      I feel that trying to compare a living, breathing family member to something, such as phone, that can be replaced is disgusting.
      We feel that the large number of dogs dying from multiple organ failure and congenital diseases that are purchased from Harbor Pet Center is no coincidence.
      It is in the public’s best interest to have this business exposed for what we feel it really is a money making scam with no regard for life. By raising awareness, we can hopefully try and spare any more families from going through the same anguish.
      Thank you so much for your time,
      Gia DeAscentis
  Cafe Augustine Grand Opening  
  October 8, 2015 Edition  
      Café Augustine and the Public Library of Youngstown and Mahoning County (PLYMC) announce the opening of Café Augustine, located in the Newport Library, 3730 Market St., Mon., Oct. 12. Opening ceremonies and a blessing of the Café by Monsignor Robert J Siffrin, V.G., begin at 10:00 a.m. and the event features free refreshments and family fun.
      Café Augustine is a four-month personal growth and work readiness program operated independently of the Library, but located in the café space in the Newport Library. Café Augustine aims to equip young adults age 18 through 24 with tools necessary to change their lives, in part by operating the cafe.
      “The Café utilizes 21st Century Success Principles curriculum, developed by the New Orleans Job Initiative. These address participants’ understand of workplace culture and are tailored for inner-city youth with little connection to the labor market. Life skills topics include making rational decisions, personal responsibility, personal/family finance, teamwork, dependability, ‘can-do’ consciousness, recognizing and defusing racism in the workplace, building relationships of trust, and more,” notes Reverend Edward Brienz, Café Augustine Executive Director.
      Students are mentored by restaurant staff at the café in five restaurant roles, stewards, floor service or wait staff, pantry chef, sous chef, and department chef.
      “Job placement is another role for the café, where students are offered a four-week paid internship at various local food-service providers who are incentivized and encouraged to retain the employees and to mentor them beyond entry-level employment,” says Rev. Brienz.
      Library Executive Director Heidi M. Daniel, says, “We’re very happy to have a café back in the Newport Library. We have been working with Father Brienz and the Café staff for the past several months and are pleased that the opening is just around the corner. We are excited to partner with Café Augustine on a program that helps young people fulfill their potential. We believe that what the Library offers in materials and services provide a similar opportunity, making this a wonderful partnership.”
      Agenda for the event to include: Remarks and blessing of the café by Monsignor Robert J. Siffrin, V.G., Vicar-General of the Catholic Diocese of Youngstown. Welcome messages from Café Augustine Executive Director Reverend Edward Brienz and Library Executive Director Heidi M. Daniel, Mayor John McNally, Ray “Boom Boom” Mancini, Janet Tarpley, Youngstown 6th Ward Councilwoman and Rose Carter, Executive Director, ACTION.
      Additionally, for the kids there will be a cotton candy machine and guest appearances by costumed characters Olaf and Elsa, SpongeBob Squarepants, and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.
      Café Augustine is providing free finger foods in the Newport Library Meeting Room at 10:00 a.m.
      At start-up, Café Augustine hours will be 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., Monday through Friday. The hope is to expand hours in the future.
      The café’s front-of-the-house manager is Abraham Covarrubias.
      The Café features a varied menu with many economically-priced items. “We want to be the place where everyone feels comfortable, with excellent food and great service,” notes Father Brienz, “a place where no one is left out because of pricing.”
      Additionally, anyone showing a Library Card from the Public Library of Youngstown and Mahoning County (PLYMC) can get a large cookie and a drink for just $1, another benefit of PLYMC’s “Show Me Your Card” campaign for Library Card sign-ups.
      Prospective students in this program, as well as family members of potential students, pastors, social workers, case managers and other interested parties, can call Father Edward Brienz at 234.354.4254 or email
  New Program Seeks To Ensure Health And Safety Of Senior Citizens  
  October 1, 2015 Edition  
     Family members of the elderly or disabled in Boardman Township can enjoy a new peace of mind about their relatives’ well-being thanks to a new free program that was announced by Boardman Trustees and Boardman police on Wednesday during a news conference at the Government Center.
      The township’s Care Call program, created by the Boardman Police Department with the support of Trustees Brad Calhoun, Tom Costello and Larry Moliterno, offers a way for the health and safety of seniors to be checked on daily basis.
      How The Program Works
      Once a Boardman resident is enrolled in the program, he or she will receive a computer-generated, automated phone call at their residence on days and times that they specify.
      A recorded message will ask if everything is okay. If it is, the enrollee simply punches a code number into their phone, and the call ends.
      If he or she does not answer the Care Call, a process begins to ensure that there is nothing wrong. After a second unsuccessful call, a designated emergency contact (one or more relatives or friends) is contacted and asked to check on the person who has been called.
      If an emergency contact can’t be reached or is unable to respond, Boardman Police Department personnel will be sent to the enrollee’s home on a welfare check and determine if the resident is okay, or in need of medical assistance. If medical assistance is needed, appropriate emergency personnel will immediately be notified.
      Enrolling In The Program
      Boardman residents may enroll in the Care Call program themselves, or a friend or relative may enroll them on their behalf. There are three ways to enroll:
       •Visit the Boardman Police Department website at Residents can fill out an enrollment form electronically and return it by email.
       •Or they can download the form, then print it and fill it out and return it by fax, by mail or in person at the Police Department.
       •Request can be made for an enrollment form a printed form by mail, filled out and then returned by fax or mail.
       •The enrollment form can also be obtained in person at the Boardman Police Department, 8299 Market St., and submitted in person, by e-mail, or fax, or through the mail.
      Once the form has been received, it will be kept on file and used to set up regular Care Calls to the enrollee’s residence.
      More information about the Boardman’s Care Call program is available at, or by calling Andrea Young-Clark at the police department at (330) 729-2014.
  Drum Fest This Sat., Oct. 5  
  October 1, 2015 Edition  
     The Boardman High School Band Program will present its 3rd annual Drum Night Mon., Oct. 5 at 7:00 p.m. in the school gymnasium Drumlines from Boardman, as well as Youngstown State University, Campbell Memorial, Champion, Springfield, Lowellville, Poland and Howland will participate. Admission is $2/person and senior citizens are free of charge It can get loud in the BHS Gymnasium so a pair of foam ear plugs might be a good thing to bring!
  Ohio YMCA’s Youth In Government Program Offered At Area YMCA’s  
  September 24, 2015 Edition  
     The Central YMCA in Youngstown and the Davis Family YMCA in Boardman, is now offering a fun way for youth to learn about the government.
      The Ohio YMCA’s Youth in Government program enhances development of the American democratic process for young people through participatory training in the theory and practice of the Ohio state government.
      Youth in the program learn about the legislative process, how to write and research bills, and how to participate in elections. Their work culminates in youth serving as delegates at their state conference, debating bills on the floor of the legislature. Some have actually made bills into laws!
      The YIG program seeks to build, encourage and strengthen life assets and character traits that will help teens become involved and responsible adults. All YIG activities are designed with the following goals in mind: Providing leadership training and preparation to meet the needs of a democratic society: Stimulating interest and awareness of US and state government’s function; Creating opportunities for civic engagement and awareness of prominent social issues; Developing self-confidence and self-expression while fostering tolerance and understanding of others’ point of view; and Cultivating the application of moral and ethical valuing processes to public policy making This program is for individuals ages 12-18. Contact our Youth & Teen Directors at either YMCA location to learn more!
      Register online for the Youth in Government program at Davis, or sign up at the Service Desk or contact the:
      Central YMCA: Joselyn Parker, or 330-742-4790. Days and times to be announced.
      Davis Family YMCA: Nikki Murray, or 330-480-5656 x 218. Begins Sept. 25 from 7-8 p.m. (meets 2nd & 4th Friday of each month).
  Ten Will Be Inducted Into Boardman High School Hall Of Fame  
  September 24, 2015 Edition  
     Kevin El-Hayek (1997)-Wrestling
      Graduating from Boardman High School in 1997 as a valedictorian and wrestling academic All-American, Kevin El-Hayek was, and continues to be, the model of a true scholar-athlete. A four-year standout, Kevin racked up 97 wins, 11th all-time in the school’s wrestling history. He was the team co-captain as a junior and senior, as well as Eastern Ohio Wrestling League, sectional, and district champion both years, going on to the state meet each time, placing fifth overall there. He was inducted into the EOWL Hall of Fame in 2008.
      Continuing his academic and wrestling endeavors, Kevin attended Harvard University as a pre-med student and four-year wrestling team member, named co-captain his senior year and All- Ivy League as both a junior and senior, graduating cum laude in 2002.
      While attending medical school at Case-Western Reserve University, he volunteered as a graduate assistant coach for their wrestling team. After earning his MD degree at CWRU, Kevin did his internship and residency in surgery at the Cleveland Clinic, where he is still a consultant and assistant professor, currently working at their Abu Dhabi branch in the United Arab Emirates, along with his wife, Raecel and two daughters, Keira (6) and Alison (4).
      George Evans (2000)-Track
      George Evans began the 21st century by graduating in 2000 with unsurpassed accomplishments in track and field. Selected All-Steel Valley Conference, all-district, and all-state, Evans placed sixth in the state meet in Dayton in the 100m dash, holding the record in that event until 2013. He was also selected for the Midwest Meet of Champions-Team Ohio prior to graduation. Evans was a key member of the team that also won the SVC and district titles.
      An outstanding football player as well, he started at wide receiver for a Spartans team that advanced to the state quarterfinals. He was also chosen to play in the Mahoning Valley Coaches Association All-Star game.
      An excellent student, Evans enrolled at Lehigh University where he earned seven varsity letters in football (3) and track (4), and was named All-Patriot League four times. He holds several track records there and earned conference titles in both sports. In 2004, he won the Patriot LeagueSportsmanship Award and was named Lehigh’s Most Outstanding Athlete in track and field.
      Since graduation, he has entered the collegiate coaching profession. Previously the head track coach at Marietta College and an assistant at Brown; he is currently the sprints/hurdles coach for men’s and women’s track & field at Yale University.
      Celeste Hlebovy (2000)-Basketball
      Celeste Hlebovy continued the tradition of excellence for the Boardman High School women’s basketball program under legendary head coach Ron Moschella into the 21st century.
      A four-year starter, All-Steel Valley Conference first team, and All-Northeast Ohio selection as well, Hlebovy was a dominating player. She was named NEO Player of the Year as a junior and senior, and was selected first team All-Ohio those same years. She capped off her senior year being named Ohio Player of the Year by the Ohio High School Basketball Coaches Association and played in the All-Ohio North/South All-Star game. She finished her prep career with 1,692 points and 838 rebounds.
      Receiving a Division I athletic scholarship to Indiana State University, Hlebovy went on to make the Missouri Valley Conference All-Freshman Team and All-Academic Team as well. After earning her degree in 2004, she worked toward her MBA at Maryville University, graduating in 2013. She is currently working as a project manager for Lockton Companies in St. Louis, Missouri.
      Jonah Karzmer (1999)-Golf
      One of Boardman High’s all-time greatest golfers, Jonah Karzmer continues to serve as an ambassador for the sport.
      At BHS, Jonah was a three-time All-SVC selection, including being named conference MVP once. Karzmer also earned first team All-Ohio and National High School Coaches of America First Team All-American honors (placing seventh at the national finals). He was also a two-time Junior State Champion at the Independent Insurance and Callaway Junior World tournaments and First Team All-American at the Nike Winternational Junior Series in Pinehurst, North Carolina.
      Karzmer entered Kent State University and as a freshman earned his varsity letter on their Mid-American Conference and NCAA championship team. After transferring to Youngstown State, he became two-time captain of the men’s golf team there and a first team All-Horizon League selection.
      In 2001, he qualified for the U.S. Amateur Championships. Since his graduation in 2004, Karzmer has won eight local club championships, and in 2013 became the Greatest Golfer of the Valley champion.
      He is currently co-owner of the Karzmer Insurance Agency, as well as being part of the “Greatest Golfer of the Valley” committee. Additionally, he served as pro instructor at Tee Up Golf in 2010. He lives in Poland with his wife Beth Ann and daughter Stella.
      Larry Lencyk (1999)-Soccer
      A three-year letterman on the boys soccer team in the late 1990’s, Larry Lencyk played at a level that was nothing short of phenomenal, especially as a junior and senior. As a junior he scored 26 goals on a 10-6-2 SVC Championship team and was named All-SVC and All-District first team. As a senior, he scored 32 goals on a 17-2-1 team that won the District Championship. He was chosen All-SVC, All-District, and All-State first team, playing in the Senior All-Star
      Suzy (Thompson) Maddock (1996)-Track
      Suzy Thompson served as the epitome of a team leader who lifted those around her to achieve their best and the team’s success. As a four-year runner at Boardman in both cross country and track and field, she ran the 100m dash, 200m dash, 400m dash, and both the 800m and 1600m relays. She set a school record in the 400m dash as a sophomore and captured the district championship in that event. As a junior, she was All-SVC in the 200m, 400m, and both relays, as well as district champ in the 1600m relay. Her senior year, she was the All-SVC champion in the 400m and 800m relays and was given the team’s Leadership & Pride Award. She was an outstanding student and four-year member of the Spartan Marching Band, Symphonic Band, Jazz Band and Symphony Orchestra. She received a full track and field scholarship to Youngstown State University, where she helped set a 1997 outdoor 4x200m relay record and went on to complete her bachelor of science in physics and astronomy with honors in 2001. She has since gone on to receive her Master of Science in Aerospace Engineering in 2005 from the University of Kansas. She is currently working as a senior systems engineer at the NASA Langley Research Center in Virginia, were she resides with her husband, Robert Maddock and sons Jacob (8) and Tyler (6) and daughter Hannah (11 mos.).
      Brian Mihok (1995)-Football
      An All-SVC and All-State lineman for the Spartan football team in the early 1990’s, Brian Mihok was a two-way player who was named to an all-opponent team by the then-conference-rival Warren Harding team. He was also a National Honor Society member whose other football honors included SVC Player of the Week, WYTV Student-Athlete of the Week, and Offensive MVP by the members of his own team. He also received the Black Watch Award for consistent excellence on defense as well.
      Mihok went on to play college football at Westminster, where he continued to excel as a student-athlete, making All-PAC two years. Graduating magna cum laude in 1999 with a 3.89 GPA, he was given several scholar-athlete awards, including the Woody Hayes National Scholar Athlete and the first NCAA post-graduate scholarship from Westminster College.
      He was a two-time GTE Academic All-American and was nominated by the National Football Foundation Hall of Fame as a National Scholar-Athlete.
      In 2005, Brian earned his D.O. degree from Des Moines University and currently is in private practice as a board-certified ophthalmologist serving also as the residency Program Director for Grandview Hospital in Centerville, Oh., where he lives with his wife, Mikki (BHS 1995) and daughters Mikayla and Bella.
      Tom Pipoly (1986)-Football
      One of the greatest all-around Spartan athletes of the 1980’s, Tom Pipoly earned ten varsity letters during his high school sports career – three in football, three in basketball, and four in baseball. Tom was the Spartans starting quarterback as a sophomore and junior, switching to tailback as a senior. All the while, he was playing both ways as a defensive back, which earned him All-SVC honors in 1985. He was also a two-year All-SVC selection in baseball, named SVC Pitcher of the Year in 1986.
      Enrolling at Baldwin-Wallace College after graduation, Pipoly played four years of football there, earning All-OAC honors as a defensive back in 1988 and 1989 when he was also named pre-season All-American. He continued his baseball career at Baldwin-Wallace as a starting pitcher for three seasons.
      At present, Pipoly is living in Medina, Oh. and is working for Genentech USA, a bio-medical company covering northeast Ohio. He is married to Kimberlee and they have three sons, Zach (17), Cade (15) and Shane (13).
      Matt Sammon (2000)-Baseball
      Collecting eight varsity letters in his athletic career at Boardman, Matt Sammon stood out in baseball as an all-time greats. He was named All-SVC at shortstop all four years, the last three as a first-team pick. Chosen as the team captain his senior year, Sammon was also named All-State honorable mention. Upon graduation in 2000 he held numerous baseball records, including the career hits record that still stands today.
      Sammon also starred as Boardman High’s quaterback and free safety as a a junior and senior, and was an All-SVC selection both years. He was selected All-NEO first team and All-State special mention as a senior, as well as serving as team captain. With a starting role at point guard in basketball for two years, including the SVC championship team of 1998, he remains the only BHS athlete to start on three Steel valley Conference championship teams in the same year. Due to his success on and off the field, Sammon was selected for the prestigious George Brownlee Award and Scholarship upon graduation.
      Attending Bowling Green State University, he earned his bachelor’s degree in Supply Chain Management with a minor in Statistics in 2005. He is currently working on his masters degree at Washington University in St. Louis, Mo. where he and his wife Anne are expecting their second daughter to join them and Lexi (2) very soon. He is the Director of Planning for Nooter/Eriksen, a St. Louis engineering firm that operates in the energy sector
      Rob Theis (1968)-Contributor
      One of the greatest individual bowlers in
      Greater Youngstown history, Rob Theis has continued the family tradition as co-owner and manager of Boardman Lanes on Market Street. As such, with the advent of bowling as a state-sanctioned and governed interscholastic sport for both girls and boys, Theis has generously facilitated the Boardman bowling teams during the years they have been competing, as the teams’ practice site and ‘home court,’
      Theis’s prowess as a bowler was evident in his youth and continued throughout his adulthood, including numerous championships and sanctioned 300 games. He has been inducted into both the Youngstown Men’s Bowling Association Hall of Fame and the Curbstone Coaches Hall of Fame for his achievements.
      A 1968 Boardman High School graduate, Theis earned his degree from Bliss Business College in Columbus in 1972. He and his wife, Karen reside in Boardman and have a son Billy living here, and a daughter Holly living in Maryland.
  Seeking The Office of Trustee, A Candidate Spins A Yarn About A Fish Hook That Got Caught In His Brother’s Ear  
  September 24, 2015 Edition  
     Current Boardman Local School Board members Fred Davis and Mark Fulks will not seek re-election in November, so there will be two new members on that board come next January.
      The three candidates seeking those two seats addressed a Boardman Civic Association forum on Monday night held at the Lariccia Family Community Center in Boardman Park.
      One candidate said he wanted to continue his civic duty. Another candidate urged the 95 people in attendance to vote for all of the tax levies that will be on the ballot. And a third candidate said he always wanted to serve the community.
      Jeff Barone, 805 Park Harbour Dr., is a past president of the Boardman Band and Orchestra Parents, as well as the Boardman Tennis and Swim Club, and played a lead role in a police levy campaign four years ago.
      Barone, Donald Riccitelli and Frank Zetts are the candidates seeking the two seats on the Board of Education.
      Barone is a 1983 graduate of Boardman High School and his two children also graduated from the school.
      After working as a financial advisor with the B.J. Alan Co. for a decade, Barone is now a financial advisor with Morgan Stanley.
      Barone decried the loss of funding suffered by public schools in Ohio through a system that channels public dollars to private charter schools.
      “I will work to try and resolve this issue,” Barone said, noting he is on the ballot “to continue his civic duty.”
      Riccitelli, 416 Green Garden Dr., a car salesman, told the forum he comes from a strong background in fund-raising. He said he has two children in Boardman elementary schools, his wife is a special education teacher with Boardman Local Schools, and he is a paid, assistant varsity girls basketball coach for the Lady Spartans.
      Addressing the forum after no less than information on six tax issues was presented, Riccitelli told the forum “Rather than vote for me, I would encourage you, your friends and neighbors to vote for all these levies.”
      Zetts, 617 Forestridge Dr., said he moved to Boardman in 1989 and has found the township ‘a great place to live.’
      “I always wanted to serve the community...we need to prepare students for life,” Zetts said.
      All three candidates were asked for their views on consolidating the school district.
      Zetts and Riccitelli were quick to note they favored consolidation, while Barone observed he favored placing all fifth and sixth grade students in one school, and all seventh and eighth grade students in another school.
      The school board candidates were also asked for their position on open enrollment, currently not a policy in the Boardman Local Schools. All three candidates said they opposed open enrollment.
      Of note, candidate Barone provided the public with a telephone number, 330-720-1234, in the event anyone would wish to speak with him about his candidacy.
      Boardman Trustee
      Three candidates, including the incumbent, will be on the November ballot running for one seat on the three-member Township Board of Trustees. Only two persons showed-up at the Civic Association forum, incumbent Larry Moliterno, 427 Gardenview Dr., and challenger Jim Villani, 4866 Brookwwod Dr.
      Moliterno is seeking his third term on the board and said he loves Boardman Township.
      He said he first ran to help restore confidence in local government, noting “We now have a full team, we have come together and work to make sure the quality of life is maintained.”
      Moliterno noted he and fellow Trustees Thomas Costello and Brad Calhoun, and Fiscal Officer William Leicht have restored manpower at the police department, despite a loss of some $3 million in state subsidies.
      He said important future considerations
  September 24, 2015 Edition  
     Legal Notice
      Boardman Schools Saves Money
      Through its “Retire/Rehire” Program
      As part of the current negotiated agreements between the Boardman Board of Education and its unions (the Ohio Association of Public School Employees Chapter #334 and the Boardman Education Association) an employee may retire from the Boardman Local School District and be immediately rehired for less pay and benefits. There are substantial savings to the Board of Education for each employee who elects to participate in this opportunity. The Boardman Local School District has saved over $4,000,000 since instituting this program over ten years ago. At this time, employees wishing to participate in this option can retire and be re-employed for the next calendar year.
      The employee(s) listed below have indicated their intent to take part in this option for the next calendar year. This action will occur at the December 21, 2015 Board of Education Meeting.
      Jody Stepan,
      Administrative Assistant to the Superintendent.
      Any citizen interested in hearing more details about this provision in the negotiated agreement or wishing to speak before the Board of Education regarding this matter may do so at the November Board of Education meeting. This public meeting will be held at 7:00 p.m. on Monday, November 23, 2015 at Robinwood Lane Elementary School.
  September 24, 2015 Edition  
     Full Time Laborer
      The Boardman Township Trustees are seeking applicants to fill the position of Full Time Laborer in the Road Department. Applicants must possess high school diploma or the equivalent and knowledge of maintenance work; valid state driver’s license; (a valid CDL class A or B license); Equipment and Job Location: The job requires the use of various tools and equipment, including but not limited to; Two and one half ton dump truck, one ton dump truck, pickup trucks, mowers, weed trimmers, and power tools for use in minor maintenance. The work site encompasses the 25 square mile radius of Boardman Township. Workers may be frequently exposed to cold, wet, and/or hot humid conditions. Interested applicants should seek on line application at or stop into the Boardman Township Road Department Building at 8299 Market Street, Boardman, Ohio to complete an application Monday through Friday between the hours of 8:00 am and 3:30 pm. No late applications will be accepted. Equal Opportunity Employer. Deadline: Wednesday, September 30, 2015 @ 3:30 pm.
      William D. Leicht
      Fiscal Officer
  September 24, 2015 Edition  
      The Boardman Township Board of Appeals shall hold a Public Hearing on Tuesday, October 6, 2015 at 7:00 P.M., at the Boardman Township Government Center, 8299 Market Street, Boardman Township, Ohio, 44512, for consideration of the following cases:
      APPEAL CASE AC-2015-18
      John E Mcconnell, KD Construction and Remodeling LLC, 2944 Youngstown Hubbard Road, Youngstown, Ohio 44505, on behalf of the property owner, Rex Moyer, 6020 Sheridan Road, Youngstown, Ohio 44514, requests a variance from the terms of the Boardman Township Zoning Resolution effective May 29, 2012, Article V Residence R-1 Districts, Section B Yard Area and Height Provisions, in order to construct a breezeway addition on the residence located at 6050 Sheridan Road. The applicant seeks a reduction of 5’ from the required 40’ rear setback for a total setback of 35’ and a reduction of 4 inches from the required 8’ side yard setback for a total setback of 7’ 8”. The property is also known as Lot 224 in the South Park Heights Plat, Parcel Number 30-26-0-169.00-0. Said property is zoned Residence R-1 in Boardman Township, Mahoning County, State of Ohio.
      APPEAL CASE AC-2015-19
      Carla Clark, BIZNET Signs, 1156 W. Western Reserve Road, Youngstown, Ohio 44514, property owner, requests a variance from the terms of Article XII, Section H, Letter F, of the Boardman Township Zoning Resolution effective May 29, 2012, in order to construct a billboard sign which is 49’ in height, seeking relief from the maximum allowed height of 25’ above grade. The proposal is for property located along the south right-of-way of Mathews Road approximately 580’ east of the Mathews Road – South Avenue intersection, also known as Parcel Number 29-020-0-304.00-0. Said property is zoned Commercial in Boardman Township, Mahoning County, State of Ohio.
      APPEAL CASE AC-2015-20
      Scott C. Radcliff, AIA, Hasenstab Architects, 190 North Union St., Ste 400, Akron Ohio, 44304, applicant, on behalf of the property owner, HMHP Childrens Inc., One Perkins Square, Akron, Ohio 44308, requests a Conditional Use Permit in accordance with the terms of Article XVI Administration, Section I, Conditional Use Regulations, of the Boardman Township Zoning Resolution effective May 29, 2012, to allow for the expansion of the hospital “Building A”, and to allow on-site parking in an area zoned Residence R-1, both uses identified as a Conditional Use in Article XIX Land use Tables. Said use is proposed to occur at 6505 Market Street, Akron Children’s Hospital, also known as Lot 1 of the Beeghley Medical Center Plat 1, Parcel Number 29-004-0-131.00-0, which is zoned Commercial and Residence R-1 in Boardman Township, Mahoning County, State of Ohio.
      Text and maps of the request may be viewed at the Boardman Township Zoning Office, 8299 Market Street, Boardman, Ohio, 44512, Monday through Friday, between the hours of 8:00 A.M. and 4:00 P.M. until time of the hearing.
      Atty. John Shultz, Chairman
      Boardman Township Board of Appeals
      Sarah Gartland, Zoning Inspector
  September 17, 2015 Edition  
      RESOLUTION #15-08-24-16
      The Board of Trustees of Boardman Township, Mahoning County, Ohio met in Regular Session at the Boardman Township Government Center on the 24th day of August, 2015, with the following members present: Thomas P. Costello, Brad Calhoun, Larry Molitemo.
      Moved Mr. Larry Moliterno, to approve and adopt Resolution #15–08-24-16 as follows:
      WHEREAS, Ohio Revised Code §505.17 authorizes the Board of Township Trustees to make regulations and orders as are necessary to control all vehicle parking,in the unincorporated areas of the Townsbip; and
      WHEREAS, on June 23,1993, the Board of Township Trustees of Boardman Township, Mahoning County, Ohio, adopted non-criminal parking infractions and fines pursuant to Section 505.17 of the Revised Code and Chapter 4521 of the Ohio Revised Code to control vehicle parking within the unincorporated areas of the Township; and
      WHEREAS, on July 1, 2015, the Board of Township Trustees adopted Resolution #15-07-01-10 regulating parking on grass portions of residential property and codified a violation of this resolution as “Code 1.20 Parking on grass of residential lot” to become an addition to the Resolution enacted on, by the Board of Township Trustees on June 23, 1993; and
      WHEREAS, it is the desire of the Board of Township Trustees to make additions to the Boardman Township Parking District to include regulating parking on grass portions of residential property as detailed in Resolution #15-07-01-10 and adopted by the Board of Township Trustees on July 1, 2015: and
      WHEREAS, it is also the desire ofthe Board of Township Trustees to make amendments to the Boardman Township Parking District and to amend Section 2.0 Impoundments/Immobilizations; Section 6.0 Violations; Penalties, Fines; Section 8.0 Hearing Examiner; and Section 9.0 Ohio Fire Code Amended.
      NOW, THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED by the Board of Township Trustees of Boardman Township, Mahoning County, Ohio, that the Boardman Township Parking District shall be amended to include Section 1.20 Parking on the grass of residential lot and amendments to Sections 2.0, 6.0,8.0, and 9.0 and shall read as follows:
      BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that pursuant to Ohio Revised Code Section 4521.04, Boardman Township requested and obtained authorization on May 4, 1993, from Mahoning County Area #2, Judge Robert Lisotto, and the Mahoning County Clerk of Courts, Anthony Vivo, to establish a parking violations bureau. The Township Parking Violation Bureau was established on June 23, 1993. The Violations Bureau shall handle all parking infractions in violation of this resolution occurring within the unincorporated area of Boardman Township.
      1.01 Handicapped Parking Violation
      No person shall stop, park, or leave standing any vehicle, whether attended or unattended, at any
      time, in any handicapped space designated as such in violation of Ohio Revised Code 4511.69(E)-(H), the language of which is incorporated herein by reference.
      No person shall stop, park or leave standing any vehicle, whether attended or unattended at any
      time, under the following conditions: The language of which the following violations is designated in violation of Ohio Revised Code Sections 4511.66, 4511.68, 4511.681, 4511.69 and 4513.10 and Boardman Township Resolution #15-07-01-10 passed on July 1,2015.
      1.02 In a designated fire lane
      1.03 On a·sidewalk.
      1.04 Blocking a driveway
      1.05 Within an intersection
      1.06 Within 10’ of a fire hydrant
      1. 07 On a crosswalk
      1. 07A Within 20’ of a crosswalk
      1.08 Within 30’ofa traffic control device
      1.09 Within 50’ of a railroad crossing
      1.10 Where prohibited by a no parking sign
      1.11 On the street when 4” of snow or more has fallen
      1.12 No lights after dark
      1.13 Alongside any vehicle stopped or parked at the curb
      1.14 Upon a bridge or overpass
      1.15 Parked as to obstruct traffic
      1.16 Parking on posted private property without owners consent
      1.17 Parking on private property in violation of any posted condition or regulation of the
      owner of the property
      1.18 Facing traffic
      1.19 In excess of 12” from a curb
      1.20 Parking on grass of residential lot
      2.0 Impoundments/Immobilization
      Vehicles found standing or parked in violation of this resolution may be impounded or immobilized pursuant to 4521.02(B) of the Ohio Revised Code. In order to obtain release of an impounded or immobilized vehicle; the owner of the vehicle is required to post bond and pay all costs of impoundment not to exceed the limits stated in 4521.02(B) of the Ohio Revised Code.
      3.0 Parking Ticket
      The Boardman Police Department Parking Violation shall be used as the parking ticket issued
      under this resolution. The procedure for issuing parking tickets shall be governed by Ohio Revised Code Chapter 4521, which is incorporated herein.
      4.0 Registered Owner Prima Facie Liable for unlawful parking
      In any hearing on a charge of illegally parking a motor vehicle, testimony that a vehicle bearing a certain license plate was found unlawfully parked as prohibited by the provisions of this Traffic Code, and further testimony that the record of the Ohio Registrar of Motor Vehicles shows that the license plate was issued to the defendant, shall be prima facie evidence that the vehicle was unlawfully parked, and was so parked by the defendant. A certified registration copy, showing such fact, from the Registrar shall be proof of such ownership.
      5.0 Answering Parking Ticket
      A person who is issued a parking ticket under this resolution shall answer the parking ticket within ten days of receipt thereof.
      6.0 Violations, Penalties, Fines
      The fines or penalties applicable to parking infraction violations shall be the following: The fine
      for a violation of 1.01 (Handicapped Parking Violation) will be $250.00. The fine for all other violations will be $25.00. Failure to pay the appropriate fine within 10 days of the date of
      issuance will result in the fine cost being doubled.
      7.0 Violations Clerk
      The clerical staff of the Boardman Police Department Record Room shall serve as ticket bureau violation clerks.
      8.0 Healing Examiner
      A hearing examiner shall be appointed by the Boardman Township Trustees.
      9.0 Ohio Fire Code Amended
      Section 1301:7-7-05, 503.2.1, 503.3, 503.4, 507.5.4, 507.5.5 of the Ohio Fire Code is hereby amended to read as follows: Where a fire lane shall be deemed necessary by the Boardman Township Fire Department, a minimum of a 20 ft. fire lane and tow away zone shall be established by the property owners around the subject stucture and a 15 ft. clearance shall be in effect at all private hydrants and fire department connections.
      This section shall be enforced by the Boardman Township Police and Fire Departments.
      BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED. that Boardman Township established a Parking Violations Bureau pursuant to Ohio Revised Code Chapter 4521. Violations of this Resolution shall not be considered criminal offenses and shall be handled pursuant to Chapter 4521 of the Revised Code.
      Fines levied and collected under this section shall be paid into the Township General Revenue Fund.
      BE IT FURTIffiR RESOLVED, pursuant to Ohio Revised Code §505.17(B)(1), thls Resolution established by the Board of Trustees shall be posted by the Township Fiscal Officer in five conspicuous public places in the Township for thirty days before becoming effective, and shall be published in a newspaper of general circulation in the Township for three consecutive weeks.
      By Order of the Boardman Township Trustees:
      Thomas P. Costello, Trustee
      Brad Calhoun, Trustee
      Larry Moliterno, Trustee
      William D. Leicht, Fiscal Officer
  26-Year-Old Woman Found Dead In Room At Wagon Wheel  
  September 10, 2015 Edition  
     Boardman police are investigating the death of a 28-year-old New Hampshire woman whose naked, lifeless body was found on Labor Day in a room at the Wagon Wheel Motel, 7015 Market St.
      Dead is 27-year-old Meagan Vittum, of Plymouth, New Hampshire. Police are awaiting the results of toxicology tests in an effort to determine if a drug overdose caused the woman’s death.
      Vittum had her driver’s license suspended in New Hampshire two years ago, and on Apr. 24, 2015 she was arrested in Pt. Charlotte, Fla. on a battery charge.
      It is unknown how the woman came to Ohio.
      Det. Greg Stepuk told The Boardman News that Vittum checked into a room at the Wagon Wheel on Fri., Sept. 4 in the company of a 45-year-old man named Steve Shaffer.
      Richard Dzuray, manager of the Wagon Wheel, told police he received a telephone call from a man who identified himself as ‘Steve’ on Sept. 7, shortly before 10:00 a.m. Dzuray said the caller asked him to go and check on his girlfriend “because he could not reach her for the past couple of days.”
      Dzuray said he went to Vittum’s room and found her dead, laying on her back and covered with a white sheet that was pulled up to her shoulders.
      Dzuray told Boardman police when Vittum checked into the motel, ‘Steve’ was with her.
      Dzuray said the last time he saw Vittum with ‘Steve’ was on Sept. 5 around 10:30 a.m. when she and the man needed assistance after locking themselves out of their room.
      Dzuray told police the last time he saw ‘Steve’ was about 12:30 p.m. on Sept. 5 when the man “walked away” from the motel room.
      The death is the third at the motel this year. On Apr. 6 Chris Ocasio, 21, and Cassandra West, 19, were found dead by hanging in a room they had rented at the Wagon Wheel.
  September 10, 2015 Edition  
      The Boardman Township Board of Appeals shall hold a Public Hearing on Tuesday, September 22, 2015 at 7:00 P.M., at the Boardman Township Government Center, 8299 Market Street, Boardman Township, Ohio, 44512, for consideration of the following cases:
      APPEAL CASE AC-2015-17
      Matt Crnarich, 120 Renee Drive, Struthers, Ohio, 44471, on behalf of the property owner, Rich Brent, 6085 Tam-O-Shanter Drive, Boardman Ohio 44512, requests a variance from the terms of the Boardman Township Zoning Resolution effective May 29, 2012, Article V Residence R-1 Districts, Section B Rear Yard Setbacks, in order to construct an addition to the residence located at 6085 Tam-O-Shanter Drive. The applicant proposes an 8’ reduction from the required 40’ setback for a total rear yard setback of 32’. The property is also known as Lot 53 in the Country Club Estates, Parcel Number 31-025-0-257.00-0. Said property is zoned Residential R-1 in Boardman Township, Mahoning County, State of Ohio.
      Text and maps of the request may be viewed at the Boardman Township Zoning Office, 8299 Market Street, Boardman, Ohio, 44512, Monday through Friday, between the hours of 8:00 A.M. and 4:00 P.M. until time of the hearing.
      Atty. John Shultz, Chairman
      Boardman Township Board of Appeals
      Sarah Gartland, Zoning Inspector
  Boardman Band Night Sept. 12  
  September 10, 2015 Edition  
     The Boardman Spartan Marching Band and the Boardman Band and Orchestra Parents, Inc. will host Boardman Band Night ’15 on Sat., Sept. 12 at 7:00 p.m. at Boardman Stadium on the high school campus.
      Participating high school bands include Struthers, Springfield, West Branch, Lowellville, Niles, Canfield, Howland, and the Boardman Spartan Marching Band. Admission at the gates is $5/adults and $3/students. Senior citizens are admitted free to all Boardman Band events. Gates open at 6:00 p.m.
      This year’s Band Night includes its traditional ‘run-on’ and “Fanfare for the Common Man.” The opening marching drill is set to Carole King’s 1974 hit “Jazzman” complete with an alto saxophone solo.
      The ‘features’ portion of the program will begin with the Spartan Silks spinning their flags while the band plays “Shout It Out Loud” and “Rock and Roll All Night” by rock super-group Kiss. Spartan Sweethearts and Twirler next take the spotlight on a vocal version of current smash hit by Walk The Moon, “Shut Up and Dance with Me.”
      The Spartan Marching band’s tradition of themed closing routines continues with music from the movie “Pitch Perfect.” The field and band will be transformed into a dance club with a deejay rig and turntables.
      Boardman Director of Bands Thomas M. Ruggieri says, “The movie features so much great music from the past and present that everyone should recognize at least a few of the songs even if they never saw the movie.”
      Ruggieri says he enjoys enlisting and working with parent volunteers to build intricate props to complement the theme.
      “This year I had them build the deejay rig with switches, motors, and lights that respond to the live sound of the band. Building props is another way to invite parents behind the scenes and get more of them involved in their children’s education,” says Ruggieri, noting “The visual elements of Boardman’s show always add to the excitement and emotion.”
      The Boardman Spartan Marching Band is under the direction of Ruggieri, Timothy P. Tuite, Steven Chambers, and Michael Shevock. Also on staff are Tom Porter, Kristi Guveiyian, Janet Gbur and Becca Platt who instruct the Sweethearts, Silks, and Twirler.
      Band Night ’15 will be the sixth performance of the Spartan Marching band since the season opened with Howland Band Night on Aug. 18.
      The big trip for this school year will take place in December as the Spartan Marching Band travels to Florida for a Disney World march. Also scheduled during the trip is a Jazz Ensemble 1 performance in Downtown Disney.
  Centennial Celebration  
  Sister Jerome Honored:   September 10, 2015 Edition  
     Sister Jerome Corcoran, founder of Sister Jerome’s Poor, Millcreek Children’s Center and the Youngstown Community School, will be honored at 5:30 p.m. on Sun., Oct. 11 at The Georgetown Banquet Center, 5945 South Ave., at a Centennial Celebration of her life and work.
      Sister Jerome’s 100th birthday will be in Apr., 2016.
      All proceeds from the celebration will benefit Sister Jerome’s Poor, a tax-exempt, nonprofit organization that provides mentoring, financial aid and support to inner-city youth and families.
      Sister Jerome has addressed the needs of Mahoning Valley children for more than 70 years. She earned a doctorate from Case Western Reserve University in 1952 and supervised education in the Diocese of Youngstown for 15 years.
      In 1976, she founded Millcreek Children’s Center, which she directed 36 years.
      In 1998, Sister Jerome, Sister Mary Dunn and Developing Potential Inc. and founded a charter school, Youngstown Community School. She led both schools until 2012.
      At the age of 96, Sister Jerome established Sister Jerome’s Poor under the auspices of the Ursuline Sisters. Her mission is to help working poor families in emergencies and help 12 inner-city college students graduate and obtain good jobs. Her program’s success rate among college students is 84 per cent, and in the last year, Sister Jerome’s Poor has helped more than 400 working poor residents of Youngstown.
      The centennial dinner is $45 per person. For reservations, call Sister Jerome’s Poor at 330-792-7636. All reservations and contributions are due by Sept. 30. Benefactors and special gifts will be recognized in the Tribute Book, which will soon go to press. For more information regarding the Tribute Book, contact Bernadette at 330-792-6033.
      Honorary co-chairpersons of the Centennial Celebration are Clarence and Rosemarie Smith, Dr. and Mrs. John C. York, Rev. Morris Lee, Jim and Ellen Tressel, Harry Meshel, Dr. George Beelen, Phil Dennison, Christine Dennison, Patricia Syak, Dee Crawford, and Lou Zona.
      General co-chairpersons are James Pazol, Mark Munroe, Tony Mancino and Donna Bricker.
      Sister Jerome’s Poor operates from The Ursuline Center, 4280 Shields Rd., Canfield, (330-792-7636).
      In addition to Sister Jerome, the Advisory Committee for Sister Jerome’s Poor includes Donna Bricker, James Colella, Sister Nancy Dawson, Sister Mary Dunn, Charles T. George, Joseph T. Joseph, Tony Mancino, Sister Mary McCormick, Mark E. Munroe, James L. Pazol, Gerald A. Peskin, Clarence R. Smith, Gere Weller, and Joan Yanchick.
  Hospice Of The Valley Golf Classic Sept.14  
  August 20, 2015 Edition  
      The 2nd Tippecanoe Golf Classic, will be held on Mon., Sept. 14, at Tippecanoe Country Club; all proceeds from the event will benefit Hospice of the Valley.
      The donation of $125 per person includes 18 holes of golf, lunch, dinner and prizes. Registration, driving range and lunch start at 11:00 a.m., with the Scramble and Shot Gun Start at noon.
      Cocktails begin at 5:00 p.m. with a buffet dinner to follow. Anyone wishing to attend just the dinner and festivities can do so for $40.
      There are Sponsorship opportunities available as well as Hole sponsors. Auction items are most welcome.
      Honorary Chair for the event is Dr. Edward Novosel. Bob Ferraro, member and past president of Tippecanoe Country Club, is the event chair along with Committee Members, Liz McGarry, Leslie Coalmer, Nancy Sullivan, Louann Sutton-Kutlick, Paula Durkin and Andy Zabel.
      For a Hole in One #9 2015 Cadillac ATS from Columbiana-Buick- Cadillac-Chevrolet, Pete Brittain and a Hole in One #5 is a $10,000 Shopping Spree at Adamas Jewelry and Gifts, Judy & Monica Rafoth.
      Hospice of the Valley offers compassionate end of life care to those with a terminal illness as well as support to the family.
      For information about the Tippecanoe Golf Classic or the services Hospice of the Valley can offer, please call 330-788-1992 or email Visit at
  Sports Trivia Championship Oct. 22 At The Lake Club  
  Benefits Potential Development :   August 20, 2015 Edition  
      Everyone who knows and loves the Mahoning Valley knows and loves sports. They’ve been a part of our local identity as long as the cookie table! We are thrilled to announce an innovative event that blends philanthropy, sports trivia knowledge and fun.
      Benefiting Potential Development Schools for Students with Autism, the first annual Mahoning Valley Sports Trivia Championship will be held Oct. 22, from 6:00 to 10:00 p.m., at The Lake Club, 1140 Paulin Rd., Poland. Get in the sports mindset with your favorite pub food and open bar.
      We can assure you that it will be unlike any charitable event you’ve ever attended. With a grand prize of $10,000 and celebrity guests, it is sure to be your new favorite night of the year!
      As Autism Spectrum Disorder grows more and more prevalent every year, the needs of children with Autism in our area continue to expand along with it. Today, 1 in 68 children will be diagnosed on the Autism spectrum. All of the money raised will go directly to Potential Development to help provide the individualized education, support and resources area children diagnosed with Autism need to lead a productive life.
      Event chair is Deloran Muransky, owner of ivory & birch in Boardman. Title sponsor is Michael J. Simon of Simco Management Corp. Master of Ceremonies is Bob Hannon, Executive Director of the Youngstown and Mahoning Valley United Way and Ed Muransky, The Muransky Companies. Presented in honor and memory of Esther and Morris Simon by their son, Michael J. Simon.
      Sign your team up! Limited to only 36 teams! First come first served basis! Sponsorships are available. For more information visit
  Canfield Republican Women’s Club 50th Anniversary Celebration Oct. 15  
  August 20, 2015 Edition  
     The Canfield Republican Women’s Club will hold a 50th Anniversary Celebration dinner with special guests on Thurs., Oct. 15 at Avion on the Water, 2177 West Western Reserve Rd., Canfield. Cocktails at 5:30 p.m., dinner at 6:30 p.m.
      The CRWC are celebrating 50 years of supporting qualified Republicans in Ohio with a special dinner and panel discussion with Congressman Bill Johnson; Justice Sharon L. Kennedy; State Representative Timothy Ginter; Mahoning County Auditor, Ralph Meachum and 7th District Court Judge Mary DeGenaro.
      Master of ceremonies, David Johnson, will be conducting a panel discuss at 7:30 p.m., with questions from the audience about the past, present and future of our Republican Party.
      There will be a special anniversary presentation by Mark Munroe along with displays of our history.
      Tickets are $35 per person. To purchase tickets call 330-531-0120 or email
  November Elections Will Herald Two New Faces On Local School Board  
  August 20, 2015 Edition  
     When voters go to the polls on Tues., Nov. 2, they will elect two new members to the five-member Boardman Board of Education. Current members Mark Fulks and Fred Davis will not seek re-election to the board.
      On the ballot for the two seats are three candidates---Jeff Barone, of 805 Park Harbour Dr.; Frank Zetts, of 617 Forestridge Dr.; and Donald Riccitelli, of 416 Green Garden Dr.
      Barone is employed as a financial advisor with Morgan Stanley and is a lifelong Boardman resident. He is past president of the Boardman Civic Association and the Boardman Tennis and Swim Club. He was also very active in Boardman Band and Orchestra Parents and served as co-chair of the last Boardman Local Schools levy committee, as well as the Boardman police levy.
      Zetts ran for the school board two years ago, during which he made a dismal appearance at a candidate’s forum sponsored by the Civic Association.
      Riccitelli is a car salesman and is a member of the Boardman Local Schools Fund for Educational Excellence board of directors.
      Three candidates, including the incumbent, Larry Moliterno, will be on the ballot for one seat on the three-member Boardman Township Board of Trustees.
      Moliterno, of 427 Gardenview Dr., is seeking his third term on the Board of Trustees, where he has served three times as board president. Moliterno has teamed with fellow trustees Thomas Costello and Brad Calhoun to restore manpower at the Boardman Police Department, and has served as a capable spokesperson and representative of township government.
      He will be opposed by Green Party member Jim Villani, of 4866 Brookwood Rd., who says he is “committed to the 3 R’s of Environmental Stewardship: Reuse, Restore, Recycle.”
      Among Villani’s platforms in seeking the office of township trustee is a pledge to support “student, teacher and parent alliances.”
      According to the Mahoning County Auditor’s Office, Mr. Villani is some $5,145 delinquent in his annual property tax payments, and hasn’t made a payment on the debt this year.
      Also on the ballot for trustee will be Anthony DeFrank, of 7021 Glenwood Ave., also known on Facebook as ‘Tony Danger.’ who is listed as 18th precinct Boardman committeeman for the Mahoning County Democratic Party.
      Running unopposed for his seat as Boardman Township Fiscal Officer is William D. Leicht, CPA, of 8550 Ivy Hill Dr.
      There will be four issues of local note on the November ballot, including two tax levies for the Boardman Local School, a tax levy for the Boardman Police Department and a tax issue for Boardman Park. All of those tax issues are renewal levies.
      Boardman Local Schools seek renewals of a 5.9-mil levy and a 6-mil levy. Those levies bring in a total of some $7.188 million annually to the school district.
      Boardman Local Schools operate on a general fund budget of some $43 million a year and have faced declining enrollment and loss of state subsidies for more than a decade, in addition to a recent declining tax base.
      The Boardman Police Department levy issue seeks renewal of a 3.85-mil levy that raises about $3.5 million annually of the police department’s $7 million annual budget.
      Boardman Park will seek renewal of a 6/10-mil levy that generates $541,725 per year, and represents 45 per cent of the park’s annual income.
  August 13, 2015 Edition  
     The Board of Trustees of Boardman Township will conduct a Public Hearing on the following amendment to the Boardman Township Zoning Resolution and Township Zoning Map on Monday, August 24, 2015 at 5:15 P.M. in the Marie P. DeBartolo Meeting Room, Boardman Township Government Center, 8299 Market Street, Boardman, Ohio, 44512. Texts and map of the proposed changes may be viewed in the Zoning Office, same address, between the hours of 8:00 A.M. and 4:00 P.M. Monday through Friday, until the time of the Hearing.
      This is the final hearing in determination of this case. The Board shall either act immediately or within twenty (20) days from the date of this hearing.
      AMENDMENT A-2015-10
      Pursuant to Article XVI, Section F, Part a, Number 1 of the Boardman Township Zoning Resolution, as amended through May 29, 2012, concerning the initiation of amendments to the Township Zoning Resolution, the Board of Trustees of Boardman Township find it necessary to initiate hearings to amend the Boardman Township Zoning Resolution and Township Zoning Map to reclassify and rezone the following parcels of real property from a Residence R-2 District to a Residence R-1 District as stated below:
      Forty-four (44) Parcels along Terrace Drive between Southern Boulevard and Market Street
      Thirty-nine (39) Parcels along Homestead Drive between Southern Boulevard and Market Street
      Brad Calhoun, Chair
      Board of Trustees, Boardman Township
      Sarah Gartland, Zoning Inspector
  Sigle Lane Area Residents Want To Preserve Their Single Family Home Neighborhood  
  And Oppose Construction Four-Plexes Units:   August 13, 2015 Edition  
     Attempting to prevent construction of three, four-plex dwelling units at the entrance of their neighborhood, homeowners and residents of a development of single family homes in the Sigle Lane-Walker Mill Rd. area, in the southwestern portion of Boardman Township, took the unusual position of appealing a decision of Boardman Township Zoning Inspector Sarah Gartland who had already denied a permit to build the four-plex units.
      The single-family home neighborhood was developed about 50 years ago.
      142 persons who reside in the neighborhood and who signed a petition opposing the four-plex units, don’t want the four-plexes built at the entrance to their neighborhood, claiming such construction would eventually reduce the value of single family homes, as has already happened in several areas of Boardman Township.
      40 years ago, builders would claim four-plex residences as well as apartment complexes would provide a ‘buffer’ between retail and commercial developments, and single-family neighborhoods. Those claims, four decades later, have not been substantiated, many opposed to the four-plexes say.
      David Kosec, a managing member of 1985 LLC, had filed for a zoning permit to construct the buildings on May 22.
      A little more than two weeks later, Ms. Gartland denied the request, saying Kosec’s application did not meet requirements of Site Plan Review, including landscaping and storm water management, and did not contain an approved site plan, as required by Boardman Township zoning regulations.
      Kosec hired counsel to appeal that decision to the township’s Zoning Board of Appeals, that heard the case on July 31.
      The Zoning Board of Appeals not only affirmed Ms. Gartland’s denial, but also strengthened that decision, ordering Gartland to issue an “amended denial,” saying Kosec’s application was not timely and the 1985 LLC had “acquired no vested right.”
      “By denying the [zoning] application based solely upon the failure to provide a site plan, the Zoning Inspector’s decision ignored...critical factual and legal realities,” Atty. Bryan Ritter argued in behalf of homeowners and residents at the Zoning Board of Appeals hearing.
      “Mahoning County building regulations require an approved zoning permit before a building permit can be issued. At the time of its application, 1985 LLC could not have applied for a building permit, let alone commenced the construction process. Accordingly, there was no legal or factual basis for 1985 LLC to claim it has acquired a vested right to build the...non-conforming structures proposed it its...application,” Atty. Ridder said.
      Counsel for the builder, Atty. Stuart Strasfeld, argued the application filed by 1985 LLC was “complete and compliant with...the Boardman Township Zoning Resolution which is applicable to residential R-2 districts in which our client’s property is located.”
      He noted “When we applied, we fully complied with the law. Our application was improperly denied.”
      The hearing before Boardman Township’s Zoning Board of Appeals drew a standing room only crowd at the Government Center.
      William Chipps, of 8077 Sigle Lane, told the Zoning Board of Appeals he lives directly across the street from the site of the proposed four-plex units.
      “We don’t want multi dwellings,” Chipps said.
      Anne Vacca, of 7943 Sigle Lane, asked members of the appeal board, “How would you feel if this was your neighborhood?
      “Please take our feelings into consideration.”
      Another resident, Nancy Skopic, of 1481 Tamarisk Trail, said she raised two kids as a widow in a safe, friendly neighborhood.
      “If you grant this [permit], people will leave,” she observed.
      Elaine Fisher, of 7983 Sigle Lane, said she loves the neighborhood “the way it is.”
      Bill Pellin, of 7988 Sigle Lane told the appeals board, “If these apartments are built, the neighborhood will go downhill.”
      Following comments from counsel and residents, the Zoning Board of Appeals voted unanimously to “amend” Ms. Gartland’s denial of the proposed dwellings, as Atty. John Shultz, chairman of the board noted “This is quite a technical issue. The board also voted unanimously to deny Strasfeld’s request to allow the zoning permit.
      Following the hearing Strasfeld has 30 days to appeal the decision(s) to a civil court.
      Prior to the Zoning Board of Appeals ruling on the proposed four-plex development, Boardman Trustees met to consider rezoning the property from R-2, that would permit apartments, to R-1, that allows only single family homes.
      The measure was unanimously approved.
      “We want to make sure we have done everything we could to to protect the integrity of this neighborhood,” Brad Calhoun, chairman of the Boardman Township Board of Trustees said.
  Two Officers Added To Ranks Of The Boardman Police Department  
  August 6, 2015 Edition  
     Meeting last week, Boardman Trustees added two, new officers to the police department. Hired were Earl J. Neff Jr., 24, of Boardman; and Nicholas C. Brent, 37, of Austintown.
      The new hires will replace two officers who have retired, Ptl. Michael Longo and Ptl. Jack Neapolitan.
      Neff graduated from Poland Seminary High School in 2009. He served in the United States Army Reserves from Feb., 2010 to Apr., 2014 when he was honorably discharged. He earned his Ohio Police Officer Training Academy (OPOTA)certificate in May, 2014. Neff was employed part-time, since Sept., 2014 as a patrol officer for the Poland Village Police Department.
      Brent graduated from Berea High School in 1996. He completed Ohio Peace Officer Basic Training at The Kent State University, and obtained his OPOTA certification in Mar., 2011. He was employed full-time as a lieutenant with the Goshen Police District. He started as a reserve officer with Goshen in Feb., 2012, was promoted to part-time in Oct., 2012 and was promoted to a full-time position in May, 2013. While with the Goshen PD, Brent was assigned as a detective and School Resource Officer with the West Branch School District.
      With the addition of Neff and Brent, manpower at the Boardman Police Department is 58 full-time officers.
      PICTURE: TWO POLICE OFFICERS RECEIVED their oaths of office last week from Boardman Township Fiscal Officer William Leight. Pictured, from left, Trustee Brad Calhoun, Officer Earl Neff, Fiscal Officer Leicht, Officer Nicholas Brent, Trustee Tom Costello, Trustee Larry Moliterno.
  August 6, 2015 Edition  
      The Boardman Township Board of Appeals shall hold a Public Hearing on Tuesday, August 18, 2015 at 7:00 P.M., at the Boardman Township Government Center, 8299 Market Street, Boardman Township, Ohio, 44512, for consideration of the following cases:
      APPEAL CASE AC-2015-15
      John Schinker, North American Contractors, 250 South Schenley Avenue, Youngstown, Ohio 44509, applicant on behalf Joan Basta, 4018 Dover Road, Boardman, Ohio, 44512, property owner, requests a variance from the terms of Boardman Township Zoning Resolution as amended through May 29, 2012, Article V – Residence R-1 Districts, in order to construct a covered patio with a side yard setback of 4’, seeking a 1’ reduction from the required 5’ side yard setback. The covered patio is proposed to be constructed at 4018 Dover Road, further known as Lot 21 of the Lake Newport Plat 1, Parcel Number 29-073-0-034.00-0. Said property is zoned Residence R-1 in Boardman Township, Mahoning County, State of Ohio.
      Text and maps of the request may be viewed at the Boardman Township Zoning Office, 8299 Market Street, Boardman, Ohio, 44512, Monday through Friday, between the hours of 8:00 A.M. and 4:00 P.M. until time of the hearing.
      Atty John Shultz, Chairman
      Boardman Township Board of Appeals
      Sarah Gartland, Zoning Inspector
  681 Forestridge, Boardman:   August 6, 2015 Edition  
     August 14, 15, 16 from 9am to 4pm
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      Appliances, Furniture, Collectables, Home Decor, Toys, Games & MUCH MORE!
  121 Roche Way, Boardman:   August 6, 2015 Edition  
     AUGUST 14, 15 from 9am to 4pm
      Lawn & Garden, Patio Furniture, Camping Equipment, gas grill, painting tools & sprayer, tools, ladder, Pressure Washer & MISC!
  Former Center Middle Teacher Gets 75 Days In Jail After Pleading Guilty To Sexual Battery  
  by BY JOHN A. DARNELL JR. associate editor   July 30, 2015 Edition  
      Facing a maximum penalty of more than 25 years in jail for date rape, sexual assaults on three women, former Center Middle School teacher and athletic coach, 54-year-old Jay Dana, escaped with a 75-day sentence last week in the Mahoning County Common Pleas Court of Judge Maureen Sweeney.
      One of two of Dana’s victims who addressed the court during his sentencing hearing told Judge Sweeney if she had known that Dana would ‘only get 75 days,’ she doubted she would have come forward.
      More than 3000 days ago, at the age of 42, Christine Smith told police she went on a date with Dana on Sept. 10, 2006.
      “I was given a drink by him, which at some point, caused me to black out,” Smith said last Wednesday at Dana’s sentencing hearing.
      She said she awakened at some pint to Dana telling her to “get up, get up, we have to get you home.”
      “I was aware at this point of Mr. Dana running around yelling ‘what have I done, what have I done,’” the woman told the court.
      She said she passed out and awakened several times, adding she felt relief when laying on her side, he began to throw up.
      She said that she passed out again, only to be awakened by the smell and sound of Dana cleaning the carpet of her vomit, “spraying cleaner and using a scrub brush.”
      Smith said that Dana then suggested that she go and take a shower, but she said she was unable to do so, “because I couldn’t even stand up.”
      At this point, the woman said she recalled that Dana took her by the arm to the bathroom, where she fell to the floor and passed out again.
      “My next recollection is of him standing over me...holding my pants above me, telling me ‘to put these on, put these on.’ And, I am laying there thinking, ‘why are they off?’”
      Smith told the court that Dana kept telling her that he had to take her home.
      “I was still unable to open my eyes, or walk. I started crawling like a dog towards his voice to get out of the house,” Smith recalled.
      She said once in Dana’s car, she still could not open her eyes.
      “On the drive home, he kept telling me to button my shirt...I didn’t have the coordination to do that,” Smith said.
      As she told Boardman police on Sept. 13, 2006, Smith told the court once she arrived at her home, Dana ‘plops me on a chair on my back porch...and runs to his car and leaves.”
      She said “once the effect began to wear off, I checked on my son, who was sleeping, and went to bed.”
      She said when she awoke, “I realized I had no underwear on, and my tampon was missing.”
      She said that she called Dana and asked the man if they had been intimate, and he said they had.
      “When I stated that I didn’t remember, he laughed and said he had to get ready for school and needed to hang up.”
      She recalled about ten minutes later, Dana called her back and said he wasn’t ready for a relationship and wished her good luck.
      “I spent the remainder of that day violently ill, unable to go to work,” Smith said.
      She said a doctor told her it would be too late for a blood test, and an OB/GYN then prescribed her medication “twelve times stronger that normal medicine.
      “I missed several more days of work because of the effects of the medication,” Smith told the court.
      Additionally, when word got out that she had been raped, her 13-year-old son became traumatized and was hauled into a school office and told he could not come back to school until he was evaluated.
      As she spoke at the sentencing hearing, Smith told the court “My thoughts go back to he could have killed me that night...To this day I can’t stop thinking that I could have been killed.”
      She told the court in Jan., 2011 she learned that Dana’s wife, Michelle had died, “asphyxiated in her own vomit after playing a drinking game with Jay.
      “My first thought was that could have been me.”
      Smith said she learned in 2013 her case had been reopened and she began to live in fear, “thinking Mr. Dana would want revenge.”
      She said Dana’s three victims were informed of the plea bargain deal on June 12 and would get 75 days in jail and be a registered sex offender for the rest of his life.
      “We were asked if this was enough of a sentence, and we stated ‘absolutely not.”
      “Three women and a jail sentence of next to nothing...I endured far more than 75 days of trauma,” Smith said, adding “Being classified as a sex offender for the rest of his life brings no satisfaction that he is not going to do this again.”
      She said that Dana “demonstrated a total disrespect for the law. He is a criminal and should be recognized as such,” Smith told the court, adding “I put shame, embarrassment and humility make sure this would not happen to anyone.”
      A second victim, Marie Brickley, also addressed the court.
      She said that Dana gave her one glass of wine.
      “I woke up the next morning alone, naked and vomiting violently...I couldn’t function for the next three days.”
      She said she spent months “with my doors locked, always looking over my shoulder in complete fear.
      “This took the life out of me...I felt violated...I feel for his deceased wife, who doesn’t have a voice.
      “It changed the way I live my life everyday.
      “Your honor, I hope your sentence will recognize the pain and suffering he has caused.”
      Dana’s chief counsel, J. Gerald Ingram who was in court with is stablemate, Atty. Desirae DiPiero, noted Dana served three years in the U.S. Air Force, held a masters degree and served for some 30 years as a teacher.
      Dana abruptly left his teaching job in May, 2011, before the school year ended, following a meeting with Police Chief Jack Nichols and Supt. Frank Lazzeri.
      That meeting was held after local police received a report that Dana had shown-up, unannounced, at the residence of one of his victims, Ms. Smith.
      Ingram reminded the court the plea agreement was a joint recommendation, approved by defense counsel and the Mahoning County Prosecutor’s Office.
      “A joint recommendation for a plea bargain sentence was reached after careful consideration of the facts, and the risks to both the prosecution and the defense,” Ingram said.
      In addition to the paltry jail time, and sex offender status, Judge Sweeney ordered Dana to pay a $5000 fine on two counts of sexual battery and one count of attempted sexual battery.
      “I am sorry...I never meant to harm anyone, as God as my witness,” Dana said in his only remarks to the court, before he was led away in handcuffs to begin serving his jail time.
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      Jay Dana’s wife, Michelle, died on Christmas Day, 2010. Her lifeless body was discovered in the Columbiana home she shared with her husband. Jay Dana told authorities he and his wife had been playing a drinking game the evening prior to her death, after the couple had returned home from a Christmas Eve party with Michelle’s family in Monroeville, Pa. The death scene was contaminated from the outset, as there are reports a neighbor cleaned-up a mess of vomit and a bathroom as police arrived to
      answer the call. Following the sentencing
      hearing last week, several of Michelle’s friends who were at the court said they were told prior to calling the police, Dana said he went out jogging only to return and find his wife was dead. The death of Dana’s wife remains under investigation by the Ohio Bureau of Criminal Identification.
      Pictured: FORMER CENTER MIDDLE SCHOOL TEACHER and coach, Jay Dana, center, is flanked by his defense team of Atty. Desirae DiPiero and left, and her stablemate, chief counsel J. Gerald Ingram, as Dana appeared for sentencing last week in the Mahoning County Common Pleas Courtroom of Judge Maureen Sweeney.
  Restaurant Owner Gets Jail Time For Burning Down His Business  
  July 23, 2015 Edition  
     42-year-old Raj Ingle, former owner of the Spice of India Restaurant, 8395 Market St. at McClurg Rd., was sentenced to 18 months in jail on charges of arson and insurance fraud on Monday by a visiting judge in Mahoning County Common Pleas Court
      The restaurant Ingle owned was torched on Oct. 8, 2013, causing an estimated $225,000 damage.
      The investigation into the blaze led law enforcement officials to believe that Ingle arranged the fire during a meeting with two men at a restaurant in North Lima. Ingle and two suspected torch men were captured on a surveillance tape at the restaurant.
      On the morning of the fire, near 3:00 a.m., a cell phone that belonged to one of the torch men pinged off a telephone pole across from the restaurant, the investigation showed.
      Additionally, evidence of accelerants was found throughout the burned-out restaurant.
      Judge Thomas Pokorny sentenced Ingle, who owns a home at 10061 Brushwood Dr. in Streetsboro, Oh., and rents an apartment at 31 Carter Circle, #5 in Boardman, to a year in jail on the arson charge and six months in jail on the insurance fraud charge.
      The two torchmen in the blaze, Christopher Reynolds and Jessie Winphrie, as well as Ingle’s niece, Sonia Bhatia, each received jail terms of 20 days and 160 hours of community service for their roles in the arson.
      Additionally, Ingle, Bhatia, Reynolds and Winphrie, were ordered to pay $190,000 in restitution to the owner of the building, Nick Tzarnas. For many years, the Tzarnas family had operated a restaurant, the Town and Country, at the site.
      Ingle had filed an insurance claim following the blaze at the Spice of India. That claim was denied.
      Ingle and Bhatia also operate Jewels and More in the Southern Park Mall.
      In July, 2014, Bhatia said a black man selected some $93,000 worth of jewelry, then ‘took out his wallet as if to pay for the merchandise,’ but fled on foot with the jewelry before paying.
      An investigator in that case suggested an insurance claim filed over that robbery was paid, but at a much lower rate than the claim sought, perhaps no more than $12,000.
      An outstanding warrant is still active from the 2014 robbery and names Brandon Orgdon as a suspect.
      Bhatia was convicted in 2012 of obstruction of justice in a Mahoning County Common Pleas Court and was placed on probation for a year and fined $250. That case involved an investigation that was conducted by Austinown police and the Mahoning County Sheriff’s Office. A law enforcement official said that Bhatia was less than cooperative when questioned by authorities during their probe.
  July 23, 2015 Edition  
     ENJOYING A ROMP AT THE Marge Hartman Dog Park in Boardman Park last week are two ‘regulars,’ at left a mutt named Ziggy, and on right a poodle named Khaos. Khaos won’t get to play for a couple of weeks due to forthcoming hip surgery.
  Former Restaurant Owner To Face Sentencing  
  For Arson, Insurance Fraud:   July 16, 2015 Edition  
     A sentencing hearing in the arson/insurance fraud conviction of Raj Ingle, former owner of the Spice of India restaurant located at Market St. and McClurg Rd., has been set for Mon., July 20 in the Mahoning County Common Pleas Court.
      Ingle, who operates Jewels and More in the Southern Park Mall, entered a guilty plea in May to felony charges of arson and insurance fraud.
      The Spice of India restaurant burned down Oct. 8, 2013. Investigators say a deal made at a Beaver Township restaurant between Ingle and two men to torch the Spice of India was captured on a surveillance tape; and a cell phone registered to one of those two men pinged off a telephone pole near the restaurant at the time of the fire.
      Ingle was indicted Feb. 20, 2014 on the arson and fraud charges. He finally entered a plea to the charges more than 15 months later, after 11 pre-trial hearings and six continuances.
      The fire caused an estimated $225,000 in damages and the restaurant was totally destroyed. Ingle filed an insurance claim on the restaurant soon after it was destroyed, but never collected the money, an investigator told The Boardman News.
      In a plea agreement with the Mahoning County Prosecutor’s Office, Ingle agreed the maximum penalties he faces in 36 months in jail and a $10,000 fine on the arson charge, and a year in jail and a $2500 fine on the fraud count.
      His plea agreement says prison sentences are “not presumed necessary or mandatory.”
      The plea agreement also says Ingle could be eligible for the imposition of a community control sanction of three years, and his decision to plead guilty “places me completely, and without reservation of any kind, upon the mercy of the court.”
      Three other person have also entered guilty pleas related to the Spice of India fire.
  Youth Grid League Takes Its Game To The Court For A Second Time  
  Youngstown Youth Flag Football Will No Longer Play Games At BHS:   July 16, 2015 Edition  
     A lawsuit against a youth football league that was dismissed Apr. 22 has been refiled by the Youngstown Youth Flag Football Association against a rival league, the upstart NEO Flag Football, headed-up by Peter J. Raptis, of 5720 Sharon Dr.
      Youngstown Youth Flag Football is headed by former Youngstown State grid player, Elliot Giles, and for the past eight seasons has played its games on Sundays at Boardman High School.
      The Youngstown Youth Flag Football Association will no longer play its games at Boardman High School.
      “We have informed the Youngstown Flag Football Association they can no longer play their games at Boardman High School,” Tim Saxton, director of operations for the Boardman Local School District said last week.
      Registrations for Youngstown Youth Flag Football and NEO Flag Football are currently underway.
      Several parents told The Boardman News the Youngstown-based league has not informed participants where games will be played this fall, while the NEO loop will play its games at a middle school in Canfield.
      In its second attempt to quash the NEO league, Youngstown Youth Flag Football (YYFF) claims that Raptis was a former coach in YYFF and was required to sign a non-compete agreement to coach in the league.
      “On or about Dec. 2, 104, Raptis registered the domain name and created a web site for NEO Flag Football, and operated a youth football league in Canfield, in violation of his confidentiality and non-compete agreement,” says the YYFF suit filed by Atty Bruce Broyles.
      The YYFF claims it will “suffer great or irreparable harm results from [Raptis and NEO] competing with its youth football league.”
      In the suit, the YYFF seeks a restraining order that would prevent NEO and Raptis from operating a youth flag football league for three years within a 100 mile radius of Youngstown, “either directly or indirectly through this persons.”
      The suit filed last spring also sought a restraining order that was denied by Magistrate Dennis Sarisky.
      According to court filings, Raptis signed a non-compete agreement with the YYFF on Aug. 29, 2014.
      The YYFF agreement filed with the court says that “Coaches acknowledge that the trade secrets derive independent economic value not being generally known to, and not really ascertainable by proper means by either persons who would obtain economic value from their disclosure or use.”
      That agreement also notes “This in no way prevents a [YYFF] coach from participating as a coach in any other league, but [YYFF] coaches should not be involved in the organization or creation of competition with the [YYFF] league.”
      Atty. John Shultz is representing NEO football in the suit.
      According to the YYFF web site, the league provides “a structured, organized non-contact league that focuses on the basic fundamentals of football while targeting the world wide dilemma of juvenile obesity.”
      The NEO web site says its primary focus is to “ensure all kids get the opportunity to learn and play during every game...Your child will feel like a real star and learn the fundamentals and skills for football, while staying active.”
  Benefit July 26 For Breanna Coonce  
  July 16, 2015 Edition  
     Breanna Coonce, 17, a Canfield senior, was diagnosed with Embryonal Rhabdomyosarcoma in Dec. 2014.
      Instead of spending her days with her friends and enjoying her last year of school she is spending her days in treatment. With 43 weeks of treatment and a long road ahead of her she is still very optimistic that she has this cancer beat.
      Maggie Coonce her mother is also raising two other children (Brittany & Robby) while trying to stay strong for Breanna.
      A benefit for Breanna will be held on July 26, at Skate Zone Fun Center in Austintown, 5420 Mahoning Ave., from 1:00 to 5:00 p.m.
      We are asking for donations of any kind to help make this a fun filled event for Ms. Coonce. We would like to do a Chinese raffle, 50/50 and Pepsi Company and Kaleel Bros. will be donating some items for us to raffle off.
      For more information please feel free to contact Amy Latimer at 330-519-0572.
      Anything would be greatly appreciated and thanks for the support.
  July 9, 2015 Edition  
     The Boardman Township Zoning Commission will conduct a Public Hearing on the following amendment to the Boardman Township Zoning Resolution and Township Zoning Map on Thursday, July 30, 2015 at 5:30 P.M. in the Marie P. DeBartolo Meeting Room, Boardman Township Government Center, 8299 Market Street, Boardman, Ohio, 44512. Texts and map of the proposed changes may be viewed in the Zoning Office, same address, between the hours of 8:00 A.M. and 4:00 P.M. Monday through Friday, until the time of the Hearing.
      Following the recommendation of the Zoning Commission, the proposed amendments will be referred to the Board of Trustees for final determination.
      AMENDMENT A-2015-10
      Pursuant to Article XVI, Section F, Part a, Number 1 of the Boardman Township Zoning Resolution, as amended through May 29, 2012, concerning the initiation of amendments to the Township Zoning Resolution, the Board of Trustees of Boardman Township find it necessary to initiate hearings to amend the Boardman Township Zoning Resolution and Township Zoning Map to reclassify and rezone the following parcels of real property from a Residence R-2 District to a Residence R-1 District as stated below:
      Forty-four (44) Parcels along Terrace Drive between Southern Boulevard and Market Street
      Thirty-nine (39) Parcels along Homestead Drive between Southern Boulevard and Market Street
      Peter W. Lymber, Chairman
      Boardman Township Zoning Commission
      Sarah Gartland, Zoning Inspector
  July 9, 2015 Edition  
     The Board of Trustees of Boardman Township will conduct a Public Hearing on the following amendments to the Boardman Township Zoning Resolution and Township Zoning Map on Monday, July 27, 2015 at 5:00 P.M. in the Marie P. DeBartolo Meeting Room, Boardman Township Government Center, 8299 Market Street, Boardman, Ohio, 44512. Texts and map of the proposed changes may be viewed in the Zoning Office, same address, between the hours of 8:00 A.M. and 4:00 P.M. Monday through Friday, until the time of the Hearing.
      This is the final hearing in determination of this case. The Board will act within twenty (20) days of the hearing date.
      AMENDMENT A-2015-08
      Pursuant to Article XVI, Section F, Part a, Number 1 of the Boardman Township Zoning Resolution, as amended through May 29, 2012, concerning the initiation of amendments to the Township Zoning Resolution, the Board of Trustees of Boardman Township find it necessary to initiate hearings to amend the Boardman Township Zoning Resolution and Township Zoning Map to reclassify and rezone the following parcels of real property from a Residence R-2 District to a Residence R-1 District as stated below:
      Forty (40) Parcels along Terrace Drive between Southern Boulevard and Erie Street
      Forty-six (46) Parcels along Homestead Drive between Southern Boulevard and Erie Street
      AMENDMENT A-2015-09
      Scott C. Radcliff, AIA, Hasenstab Architects, 190 North Union St., Ste 400, Akron Ohio, 44304, applicant, on behalf of the property owner, HMHP Childrens Inc., One Perkins Square, Akron, Ohio 44308, requests the rezoning of a portion of a lot from a Residential R-1 district to a Commercial district. The request is for a 136.79’ x 200.95’ portion of 6505 Market Street, also known as Lot 1 of the Beeghley Medical Center Plat 1, Parcel Number 29-004-0-131.00-0. The portion requested is 0.631 acres and located along the southerly boundary of the property, increasing the total depth of Commercial zoned property on Market Street at this point from 150’ to 436.79’. This property is located along the east right-of-way of Market Street, 223.61’ north of the Market Street – Ferncliff Avenue intersection in Boardman Township, Mahoning County, State of Ohio.
      Brad Calhoun, Chairman
      Board of Trustees, Boardman Township
      Sarah Gartland, Zoning Inspector
  July 9, 2015 Edition  
      RESOLUTION #15-07-01-10
      The Board of Trustees of Boardman Township, Mahoning County, Ohio met in Regular Session at the Boardman Township Government Center on the first day of July, 2015, with the following members present: Thomas P. Costello, Brad Calhoun, and Larry Moliterno.
      Moved by Mr. Larry Moliterno to approve and adopt Resolution #15-07-01-10 as follows:
      WHEREAS, the Boardman Township Board of Trustees approved a Resolution on June 23, 1993, establishing a Parking Violations Bureau and adopting non-criminal parking infraction violations pursuant to Ohio Revised Code §505.17 and Ohio Revised Code Chapter 4521; and
      WHEREAS, Ohio Revised Code §505.17 authorizes the Board of Township Trustees to make regulations and orders as are necessary to control all vehicle parking in the unincorporated areas of the Township; and
      WHEREAS, Boardman Township desires to provide access to properties by public safety vehicles and equipment and to protect the integrity of the Township through the regulation of parking on grass portions of residential property which is necessary for the general health, safety and welfare of the general public;
      NOW, THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED, by the Boardman Township Board of Trustees pursuant to Ohio Revised Code §505.17, that no person shall stand or park a vehicle, except when necessary to avoid conflict with other traffic or to comply with the provisions of the Ohio Revised Code, or while obeying the directions of a police officer or a traffic control device, in any of the following places:
      In the front yard or side yard on a residential lot on the grass, between the curb line and the principal structure of any residential property. Residential parking is permitted only on hard paved surfaces of driveways or parking spaces such as gravel, asphalt, or concrete. Except in the case of special events, including but not limited to graduations, open houses, family picnics and social events, when the non-grass portion of the residential driveway cannot accommodate the number of vehicles attending such event and that such parking shall be limited to the duration of the event, but not to exceed twelve (12) hours.
      BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that Boardman Township established a Parking Violations Bureau pursuant to Ohio Revised Code Chapter 4521. Violations of this Resolution shall not be considered criminal offenses and shall be handled pursuant to Chapter 4521 of the Revised Code. Fines levied and collected under this section shall be paid into the Township General Revenue Fund.
      BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that this Resolution will be known as “Code #1.20 Parking on grass of residential lot” and is hereby an addition to the Resolution enacted on June 23, 1993, establishing the Parking Violations Bureau and non-criminal parking infraction violations pursuant to Ohio Revised Code §505.17 and Ohio Revised Code Chapter 4521.
      BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, pursuant to Ohio Revised Code §505.17(B)(1), this Resolution established by the Board of Trustees shall be posted by the Township Fiscal Officer in five conspicuous public places in the Township for thirty days before becoming effective, and shall be published in a newspaper of general circulation in the Township for three consecutive weeks.
      Mr. Thomas P. Costello seconded the motion to approve Resolution #15 -07-01-10.
      The Roll Call resulted as follows:
      Thomas P. Costello AYE
      Larry Moliterno AYE
      Brad Calhoun AYE
      By Order of the Boardman Township Trustees:
      Thomas P. Costello, Trustee
      Larry Moliterno, Trustee
      Brad Calhoun, Trustee
      William D. Leicht, Fiscal Officer
      I, William D. Leicht, Boardman Township Fiscal Officer, do hereby certify that the foregoing Resolution is taken from the Minutes of Boardman Township at a meeting duly-held on July, 1, 2015, that the same has been compared by me with the original Resolution of said Minutes, and that said Resolution is a true and correct copy thereof.
      William D. Leicht, Fiscal Officer
  July 9, 2015 Edition  
     The Boardman Township Board of Appeals shall hold a Public Hearing on Tuesday, July 21, 2015 at 7:00 P.M., at the Boardman Township Government Center, 8299 Market Street, Boardman Township, Ohio, 44512, for consideration of the following cases:
      APPEAL CASE AC-2015-13
      Atty. Bryan M. Ridder, 20 Federal Plaza W, Ste. M6, Youngstown, OH 44503, on behalf of identified homeowners and residents in Boardman Township, appeals the decision of the Boardman Township Zoning Inspector in the review and denial of Zoning Permit Application Number 2015-0140, June 9, 2015. The review pertains to proposed construction of four-plex residential buildings located at Lots 1, 13, and 14 of the Sigle Replat, also known as 8086 Sigle Lane. Said property is zoned Residence R-1 in Boardman Township, Mahoning County, State of Ohio.
      APPEAL CASE AC-2015-14
      Atty. Stuart A. Strasfeld and Atty. Louis P. Alexander, Roth Blair Roberts Strasfeld & Lodge LPA, 11 South Main Street, Columbiana, Ohio, 44408, on behalf of the property owner, 1985 LLC, P. O. Box 1433, Youngstown, Ohio 44501, appeals the decision of the Boardman Township Zoning Inspector in the review and denial of Zoning Permit Application Number 2015-0140, June 9, 2015. The review pertains to proposed construction of four-plex residential buildings located at Lots 1, 13, and 14 of the Sigle Replat, also known as 8086 Sigle Lane. Said property is zoned Residence R-1 in Boardman Township, Mahoning County, State of Ohio.
      Text and maps of the request may be viewed at the Boardman Township Zoning Office, 8299 Market Street, Boardman, Ohio, 44512, Monday through Friday, between the hours of 8:00 A.M. and 4:00 P.M. until time of the hearing.
      Atty. John Shultz, Chairman
      Boardman Township Board of Appeals
      Sarah Gartland, Zoning Inspector
  July 9, 2015 Edition  
     The Board of Trustees of Boardman Township, Mahoning County, Ohio, hereby gives notice to the Owners of Record, Holders of a Legal Lien, and /or Holders of an Equitable Lien of the following property situated in the Township of Boardman, County of Mahoning, and State of Ohio, being described as:
      Parcel 29-063-0-204.00-0, 5009 Firnley Avenue, Boardman, Ohio 44512, Lot 29, Beech Plat, Owner of Record: BAT Holdings One LLC, that the single-family dwelling located at said property has been condemned as unsafe and dangerous to life or health by the Boardman Fire Department.
      SAID BUILDING(S) SHALL BE REMOVED BY DEMOLITION THIRTY (30) DAYS AFTER THIS NOTICE, UNLESS PRIOR TO THAT TIME YOU: 1) Enter into an agreement with the Board of Trustees to perform the required actions to bring the structure to a habitable and safe state; or 2) Request a hearing before the Board of Township Trustees in writing addressed to the following:
      Sarah Gartland, Zoning Inspector,
      Boardman Township Zoning Office,
      8299 Market Street, Boardman, Ohio, 44512.
      William D. Leicht, FISCAL OFFICER
  July 2, 2015 Edition  
      The Boardman Township Board of Appeals shall hold a Public Hearing on Tuesday, July 14, 2015 at 7:00 P.M., at the Boardman Township Government Center, 8299 Market Street, Boardman Township, Ohio, 44512, for consideration of the following cases:
      APPEAL CASE AC-2015-10
      Daniel A. Dailey, 8219 Stadler Avenue, Boardman, Ohio 44512, property owner, request a variance from the terms of Boardman Township Zoning Resolution, effective May 29, 2012, Article VII – Residence R-2 Districts, Section C Private Garages and Other Outbuildings, in order to construct a detached garage that is 1920 square feet in size, exceeding the maximum allowable size of 676 square feet. The garage is proposed to be constructed at 77 Boardman Boulevard, further known as parcel number 29-033-0-087.00-0. Said property is zoned Residence R-2 in Boardman Township, Mahoning County, State of Ohio.
      APPEAL CASE AC-2015-12
      Karen Maselli, KAM Marketing Inc., 1224 Bellaire Place, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 15226, on behalf of the property owner, CTW Development, 970 Windham Court, Suite 7, Boardman, Ohio 44512, requests a Conditional Use Permit in accordance with the terms of Article XVI Administration, Section I Conditional Use Regulations, of the Boardman Township Zoning Resolution, effective May 29, 2012, to allow for the operation of an adult entertainment arcade which is identified as a Conditional Use in Article XIX Land Use Tables. Said business is proposed to be operated at the Spartan Square Plaza, 7684 Market Street, Suite 1, Boardman Ohio 44512, also known as Lot 7 of the Agnew Plat 1 Replat, Parcel Number 29-092-0-100.00-0, which is zoned Commercial in Boardman Township, Mahoning County, Ohio.
      Text and maps of the request may be viewed at the Boardman Township Zoning Office, 8299 Market Street, Boardman, Ohio, 44512, Monday through Friday, between the hours of 8:00 A.M. and 4:00 P.M. until time of the hearing.
      Atty. John Shultz, Chairman
      Boardman Township Board of Appeals
      Sarah Gartland, Zoning Inspector
  Consolidation Of Elementary And Middle Schools  
  ‘Downsizing’ High School Among Concepts Heard At Forum:   July 2, 2015 Edition  
     The Boardman Local School District concluded a three-day ‘visioning’ seminar last Friday with many of the 60 people who attended suggesting the local school system should collaborate more in the classroom---In other words students should study/work together in small groups, and teachers should ‘pair-up’ when delivering their lessons or providing other classroom duties.
      The visioning seminar was directed by Harvard graduate and educational planner, Dr. Frank Locker, who touted what he called “21st Century Schools.”
      The local school system paid Locker $22,000 to oversee the seminar.
      Locker said that 21st Century schools will shift from “teacher-centered learning to student-centered learning,” and “the end of the classroom as we know it.”
      Locker’s three-day event was staged in light of an Ohio School Facilities Commission (OSFC) report received by the Boardman Local School Board last November that suggested the local district needs upwards of $130 million in capital improvements, all but 17 per cent of that cost borne by local taxpayers.
      Among the concepts often-heard at the visioning forum were the closing of two elementary schools (West Blvd. and Market St.), and consolidation of Boardman’s two middle schools into a ‘new building’ that would adjoin the current Boardman High School.
      While Boardman Local School Board member John Landers told those at the visioning forum that the school board has not determined what to do about its buildings, Supt. Frank Lazzeri called the forum “A starting point... We all agree some things need changed for our students and our teachers.”
      Lazzeri said “The next step is to put a strategic plan together. We can start that process maybe later this year.”
      “We need to have teachers, parents and administrators involved in this process,” the superintendent added.
      Lazzeri indicated that ‘local control’ of school systems may no longer a reality in light of the federal mandates of No Child Left Behind and the Common Core curriculum.
      Should the local school board move forward with some type of capital improvement program, the superintendent said “The only place we can get state money is if we follow state guidelines.”
      Boardman teacher Maddalena Amero echoed an opinion voiced by many teachers at the forum, the frustrating impact of teaching to state-mandated standards.
      “State testing frustrates teachers,” Amero said, adding “Testing takes over the schools and the professionalism of teachers.”
      Last Friday’s forum began with discussion on spaces in future school buildings, like classrooms.
      Locker suggested 21st Century schools include round classrooms (more expensive to build than square classrooms), no straight hallways, new furniture and “the end of the library as we know it.”
      A variety of learning modalities were suggested, including student collaboration, project-based learning, technology that includes mobile devices, and service learning (like the Distributive Education program of two decades ago).
      Locker suggested educators of the 21st Century are “looking for natural alignments...buildings that build relationships.”
      In such a building, local architect Ray Jaminet, who just completed construction of a new Beaver Local High School, said that teachers may no longer have their own classroom.
      “Classrooms will be used to teach more than just one subject, and teachers in the future will have their own office,” Jaminet said.
      A school library of the future would provide areas for students to collaborate, provide socialization and perhaps a snack area.
      “Books might be replaced by mobile devices,” Locker suggested.
      He also said school cafeterias of the future would provide students with a place for “greater sensitivity to social issues.”
      For example, instead of eating at ‘long tables,’ students could sit at round tables.
      “With your present facilities, you can do some things, but not like you could if facilities were designed for 21st Century schools,” Locker said.
      It seemed ironic that one of the most-favored concepts at the visioning forum---students and teachers collaborating---is a process that requires no, new buildings.
      Local school officials have been suggesting for the past several years that Center Middle School needs to be shut down, complaining that portions of the building are 100-years-old, there is no air conditioning, and there is not adequate space to wire the building to future standards that require computer learning.
      Despite such conditions, the Ohio Department of Education rates Center Middle School as achieving an ‘A,’ with 100 per cent of indicators met on the state report card.
      During the visioning forum, Supt. Lazzeri made an impassioned plea of the negative impact of trying to teach children at Center Middle in classrooms that are not air conditioned.
      “Believe me, I’ve been in those classrooms on hot fall and spring days, and it is hot,” Lazzeri said.
      One Center Middle teacher, Brad Calhoun, who also serves as a Boardman Township Trustee, disputed the superintendent’s position.
      “It doesn’t matter what type of environment you’re in,” Calhoun said, noting “A good teacher will find a way to educate children, no matter what the conditions.”
      Whether local school officials consolidate elementary and middle schools, or resize the current high school to include a wing for middle school students, or take any action, it is in response to the OSFC report issued last November.
      That report said the current high school building needed the following:
      •$4.063 million for a complete roof replacement.
      •$4.627 million for complete replacement of the electrical system.
      •$890,680 for security upgrades including the installations of outside barriers.
      •$426,147 for a new fire alarm system.
      •$825,059 to make the building more handicap accessible.
      •$1.293 million to improve the ‘site condition’ on the some 20-plus acres the school building sits on.
      •$146,500 for replace all 65 outside doors to the school and five overhead doors.
      •$331,068 for hazardous materials removal, including the removal of floor tile and piping insulation.
      •$1.169 million for ‘life safety’ that includes additional fire extinguishers in the school.
      •$1 million to replace ‘most of the furniture’ in the school.
      •$1.929 million to update technology.
      The current high school was built in 1969 at a cost of some $4.5 million.
      A new high school could cost upwards of $75 million, the school board was told last November.
      The OSFC study issued last November called for some $94 million in capital improvements to middle school and elementary school buildings, including
      •$29.488 million at Center Middle School.
      •$20.389 million at Glenwood Middle School.
      •$10.389 million at Market St. Elementary School.
      •$6.339 million at Robinwood Lane Elementary School.
      •$7.5 million at Stadium Dr. Elementary School.
      •$11.134 million at West Blvd. Elementary School.
      Because of the total cost of some $130 million called for by the OSFC, the local school board appears to be searching for more economical ways to reshape its system by consolidating schools, and at the same time laying the groundwork for a bond levy to fund construction of capital improvements.
      The visioning forum was the first step in that process.
      “You have to prep people,” Supt. Lazzeri said.
      Ohio School Report Cards issued by the Ohio Department of Education indicate that Boardman Local School students are largely achieving success in their current buildings and classrooms.
      In terms of achievement, the overall Boardman Local School District received a grade of ‘A’ on the state report card last year.
      Boardman High School, Center Middle School, West Blvd. Elementary School, Stadium Dr. Elementary School and Robinwood Lane Elementary School also received A’s. Glenwood Middle School received a ‘B’ on the state report card.
      The system’s lowest achieving school, Market St. Elementary School, where more than 60 per cent of its 400 student population are eligible for free or reduced lunches, received a C. According to the Ohio Department of Education, 54 per cent of the students at Market St. are economically disadvantaged.
      The overall student population of the Boardman Local School District has been declining for the past two decades, to about 4250 students last year.
      Supt. Lazzeri said he expects the student population to stabilize at current levels, suggesting the need to consolidate schools.
      “We used to be concerned about efficiency. Now we are concerned about effectiveness,” Lazzeri said when the forum opened
      “The 21st Century is very different that when we went to school...We are going to do some recalibration,” Locker said.
  Boardman Park’s Fireworks Show July 10  
  July 2, 2015 Edition  
     Due to heavy rains, Boardman Park has moved its annual Fourth of July fireworks show and concert to Fri., July 10 following the Air Force Band of Flight concert at the Maag Outdoor Arts Theater. The concert will get underway at 7:00 p.m., followed by the fireworks display.
  Will The Boardman Local Schools Embark Upon A Building Program, Tear Down Center Middle?  
  “We have to see what is palatable to the community”:   by John A Darnell, Editor   June 18, 2015 Edition  
      About 75 persons, including many Boardman Local School educators, attended a two-day workshop last Thursday and Friday where they discussed concepts of so-called 21st Century learning under the banner of “educational visioning.” The forum was headed by Dr. Frank Locker, an educational planner, architect and Harvard professor. A third forum will be held Fri., June 26, where participants are expected to focus on facilities utilized by the local school district.
      “Our goal is to evaluate how education is being provided today, and look for ways to improve outcomes for our students,” Supt. Frank Lazzeri said.
      According to Locker, “Educational visioning is a process that brings together stakeholders, residents and educators to develop learning concepts, goals and values which result in a comprehensive, long-term planning tool for the school district.”
      Locker calls the visioning process as “the cornerstone of all educational planning that defines the nature of school and community relations for years to come.”
      In the June 11 and 12 forums are any indications, and considering Locker was paid $22,000 by the Boardman Local Schools to present the workshop sessions, school officials appear committed to making some attempt to rebuild their facilities, either through renovations or new construction, and in the face of declining enrollment and tax base (for example, the Boardman Plaza’s devaluation in recent years has resulted in a loss of more than $120,000 in property tax revenues).
      Any effort, at present, could carry a steep price tag.
      For example, school officials have said for at least a decade that Center Middle School is aging. A portion of the school was constructed a century ago, and the building lacks a modern heating and air conditioning system.
      According to a report of the Ohio School Facilities Commission, cost of constructing a new middle school would approach $30 million. State subsidies would fund about 17 per cent of such construction, leaving about $26 million to be funded from local funds, likely generated from a property tax issue.
      Attending the June 11-12 forums was architect Ray Jaminet, whose firm just completed construction of a new high school for the Beaver Local School District in Columbiana County. According to Jaminet, state standards require the installation of costly HVAC systems that must be designed to re-circulate the air in every classroom three times an hour.
      Although much of the June 11-12 forums centered on classroom teaching and concepts, there were some suggestions that Boardman Local School should reorganize their facilities. For example, place all kindergarten through second grade students in one building, place third through sixth grade students into a second building, and for seventh through 12th grade, tear down Glenwood Middle School and build an addition on the current high school to serve all middle school students.
      “We have to see what is palatable to the community,” Lazzeri noted this week.
      Locker opened the forum last Thursday, assessing current statistical data of the Boardman Local Schools, including declining enrollment (now at some 4300 students), an aging infrastructure and increasing numbers of special education and English-learning students.
      Locker guided the forum into discussion of “tomorrow’s potential,” that included a suggestion of consolidating elementary schools, and issues like classroom equity, socio-economic equity and program delivery equity.
      A variety of ‘learning modalities’ were discussed that included such concepts as project-based learning, teachers lecturing, and collaborative projects among students as well as teachers.
      According to Locker, “21st Century schools will be very different than when ‘we’ went to school...We are going to do some recalibration...and talk about the best methods of teaching.”
      Locker said ‘the big picture’ is the recognition the world is radically different than traditional schools.
      He compared current methods of teaching the curriculum to “a factory assembly line.”
      As such, Locker decried current methods of teaching kids, suggesting traditional schools and classrooms are outdated, to the point secondary school students need to work in small groups, building projects, not necessarily ‘taught’ by their teachers, rather guided through their education by teachers, often in some sort of ‘collaborative’ exercises.
      Lockert said that currently, across the country, 25 per cent of all high school classes are on-line and by 2019, at least 50 per cent of all such classes will be on-line.
      Such a statistic “disrupts” the traditional classroom setting, Lockert suggested, noting sometimes “the machine (the computer) is more personable that the person.”
      He added “We need to continue to teach core subjects, but we need to adapt them to the 21st Century.”
      He said that 21st Century skills include creativity and innovation, critical thinking and problem solving, communication and collaborative skills, adding that project-based learning (where groups of students work together towards a common goal) is the poster child of 21st Century learning.”
      As such, Lockert called for an “integrated curriculum delivered by collaborative teachers in a relationship-based setting.”
      He expressed concern for the students who every year cause issues “and we can’t reach them.”
      His remarks drew a response from Boardman Local School Resource Officer, Sgt. Chuck Hillman, of the Boardman Police Department.
      “What I see, is those [problem] students have a lack of parental involvement,” Hillman said.
      A middle school teacher commented that in the learning process, “the family is huge, but sometimes parental involvement is hard to come by...The students want to learn, but the parents may not get them to school, or may not provide a good home environment.”
      One teacher at the forum said a parent actually fell asleep during a parent-teacher conference.
      Bart Smith, principal at Glenwood Middle School opined the local schools should proceed with ‘discovery learning’ where students get involved in community projects.
      As the forum opened last Friday for its second day, Locker suggested Boardman public schools need “fewer, but larger schools,” noting such an alignment might impact PTA units.
      “You might have to figure out a way to keep the network you have now, engaged in the schools in the future,” Locker said, adding that “We are grooming spokespeople for the process that will be carried forward.”
      Locker dished on the current layout of schools and classrooms, suggested 21st Century learning shouldn’t be provided in classrooms where students sit in long row of desks, listening to a teacher lecture.
      He displayed classrooms where students learn in a ‘lounge-type’ setting, where some kids just lay on the floor with heir books. Modern libraries also need to be redesigned, Locket suggested.
      He said that shifting to a K-2 school presents a number of challenges and “compromises may have to be made.”
      Much of the second day of the forum center on concepts such as ‘making things to learn’ and related classroom activities.
      When students have a project, like making something based on decisions made by small groups of students working together, students learn more and in the process build their self-esteem, Locker suggested.
      This is a good component of social-emotional learning,” he claimed.
      While project-based learning was largely highly touted, one teacher said the concept sounds great, “but if you did it everyday, it would become boring.”
      Robinwood Lane Principal Don Robinson opined the local school currently provide “project-based learning without any new facilities.”
      Longtime Market St. Elementary School teacher Julie Kaminista said the schools can provide project-based learning “with what we have, but it is not the best case scenario.”
      Several teachers at the forum said project-based and creative learning programs are currently hard to implement because of the time needed to prepare students for state-mandated testing programs.
      In brief remarks, local school board member John Landers noted that following the visioning programs “There will probably be multiple plans...but I don’t have all the answers.”
      Asked whether the local school system plans on “keeping the Center Middle School building,” Supt. Lazzeri responded, “No.”
      Noting $5 million in recent upgrades to Robinwood Lane and Stadium Dr. elementary Schools, the superintendent suggested the School Facilities Commission said the other two elementary schools, Market St. and West Blvd., “should go away.”
      “But, buildings don’t educate kids,” the superintendent said.
  Former Teacher/Coach Enters Guilty Plea  
  Jay Dana Faces Sentencing Hearing July 23:   June 18, 2015 Edition  
     A former Center Middle School teacher and athletic coach, 58-year-old Jay Dana, entered a guilty plea in a Mahoning County Common Pleas Court on Monday to two reduced charges of sexual battery and one count of attempted sexual battery in three date rape cases, two of which date back to 2006.
      According to court records, one of Dana’s victims was a 42-year-old woman, and another was a 51-year-old woman. The age of the third woman could not be determined.
      The plea bargain was accepted after Dana met with his lawyer, Atty. J. Gerald Ingram last Friday.
      A sentencing hearing has been set for July 23 in the Mahoning County Common Pleas Courtroom of Judge Maureen Sweeney.
      Dana’s trial, that had been lingering in the court system for two years on three, first-degree counts of rape, had been set for July 13.
      While awaiting trial and posting a $10,500 bond, the court allowed Dana to live in Ft. Myers, Fla. and once allowed the former teacher/coach to travel to New Mexico.
      According to the plea agreement, Dana will be sentenced to 75 days in jail and will be required to register as a sex offender for the rest of his life. According to Ohio sentencing guidelines, Dana could have faced a maximum of between three and eleven years in jail on each count of rape. Judge Sweeney does not have to accept the recommendations of the plea deal.
      In signing the plea agreement, Dana acknowledged the plea “is a complete admission of my guilt.”
      He added, “While I maintain my innocence, I acknowledge that the evidence which I have reviewed with an attorney creates a significant risk of conviction if this case were to go to trial. To avoid that risk, I freely plead guilty.”
      Evidence in the cases set before Judge Sweeney included the findings of the Ohio Bureau of Criminal Identification that linked Dana, through semen testing, to one of the defendants.
      Dana’s counsel had filed a motion before the court on Jan. 12, 2015, seeking the bench notes of forensic scientist Erkia Jimenez.
      Dana, who had taught for more than 20 years in the Boardman Local School system, abruptly left his job on May, 20, 2011, when Supt. Frank Lazzeri said that Dana took ‘a medical leave.’
      A supplemental narrative report filed the day before, shows two Boardman police officers, Ptl. Paul Poulos and Ptl. John Gocala, went to the residence of Marie Brickley, 7464 Huntington Dr. about 7:45 p.m.
      According to the report, Brickley told Officer Gocala that a man identified as Dana, with whom she had one date, “Startled her by showing-up at her residence...unexpectedly.”
      Gocala said the woman did not want to talk to Dana and he left on foot.
      On Sept. 10, 2006, a 42-year-old woman told police she went out with Dana on a date about 6:30 p.m. While traveling to Ben’s Restaurant in Berlin Center, the woman told police Dana gave her a “cranberry and vodka” to drink, while he consumed a Coors Light beer.
      After picking-up some food, the woman told police she and Dana went back to his residence on Walnut St. in Boardman.
      Once in the driveway, according to a police report, Dana told the woman he was going to get her more to drink and “wanted to take her for a ride in his car to show her something.”
      The woman told police that Dana took her to a parking lot (she couldn’t remember where). She insisted she needed something to eat.
      At that point, according to the woman, Dana gave her a carafe, and pointing to a spot on the container, told her to “drink this much.”
      The woman said she couldn’t recall many details “beyond that point.”
      She told police she could recall a clock in Dana’s car at 7:40 p.m., “being violently sick on his floor while laying naked on her right side; Dana helping her to the bathroom where she again vomited violently, and [Dana] slapping her naked buttocks telling her to get up.”
      The woman told police that Dana “finally got [her] back to the residence, where he put her on a chair on the back porch and left.
      She said when she awoke about 6:00 a.m., she had no underwear on, and at 6:30 a.m. she called Dana and asked if they had been intimate, “because she could not recall anything.”
      According to the police report, Dana acknowledged intimacy.
      Another police report shows on Oct. 30, 2006, Dana showed-up at St. Charles Church, 7345 Westview Dr., near 10:00 a.m. looking for the woman who told police about her Sept. 10 date.
      Officer Phil Merlo was at the church within a minute of the call and placed Dana in handcuffs in the back of his cruiser while police checked on the status “of any court (protection)orders,” the woman said she held on Dana.
      “Dana was subsequently released minutes later and issued a criminal trespass warning for the property at St. Charles Church at the request of the pastoral staff,” Ptl. Merlo said.
      Mahoning County court records show on Nov. 28, 2006, a petition for a protection order against Dana and filed by Marie Humphreys, was ismissed, as the woman failed to show-up for a hearing.
      In her petition, Humphreys told the court “I went out with Jay on a date and he used a date rape drug on me...I am not allowed to say much about this, because of the investigation.”
      Dana was indicted May, 2013, on a true bill for three counts of rape, one on Sept. 10, 2006, another between July 1 and July 31, 2006; and a third on May 20, 2011.
      Each count, each first degree felonies, noted the victims lacked the ability to resist or consent, and Dana knew their ability to resist or consent was “substantially impaired.”
      Law enforcement officials are still investigating the Christmas Day, 2010 death of Dana’s second wife, Michelle, 44, at the couple’s home at 145 Canterbury, Columbiana.
      According to Michelle’s brother, Chuck Gardner, Dana and his wife were at a family Christmas Eve party on Monroeville, Pa.
      “They left Monroeville sometime between 9:00 a.m. and 9:15 a.m.,” Gardner told The Boardman News.
      The following morning, at 9:20 a.m., Jay Dana called 9-1-1 saying he awakened to find his wife “laying on the floor beside him, unresponsive,” according to a report of Columbiana County Coroner Dr. William Graham Jr.
      Graham’s report shows that Mr. Dana said he and his wife had been drinking “wine and vodka shots.”
      In his call to 9-1-1, Dana said he and his wife had been “doing a drinking game.” Dana said he last saw Michelle alive about 1:00 a.m. on Christmas Day.
      Unrelated Allegations
      In the fall of 2011, a woman who used to live in Boardman and who had moved out of the Mahoning Valley gave a statement to Boardman police about her “two week” relationship with Jay Dana.
      The woman said she met Dana while working at a local hardware store at “the end of 1998 and the beginning of 1999, where he bought a grill, and in the process obtained her phone number.
      According to the woman’s statement, Dana asked the clerk over to his house ‘off Rt. 224 behind Pheasant Dr.’ She said during the dinner that Dana was polite and she recalled “how comfortable it was talking with him. He never made any sexual advances toward me.”
      A second date was arranged, that began with Dana picking the female up at her parent’s home in Youngstown and then driving back to his home in Boardman.
      “When I got in his car, he handed me a beer that had already been opened,” the woman said, noting Dana then drove them to a bar on Rt. 224, “out past Canfield a ways.”
      The woman continued, “We sat at the bar. He ordered beer for us both. We talked for a bit and then I got up to go to the bathroom.
      “When I came back, his back was towards me, and I saw him putting something in my glass. It was a capsule he opened.
      “I asked him what he was doing and he responded ‘something like what do you mean?’
      “He brushed it off and very shortly after suggested we leave and go somewhere else.”
      The woman told police Dana and his date then drove to a bar in Niles.
      “Before we went into the bar, we sat in his car and drank another beer. He handed me a bottle he had in his car,” the woman said in the statement that was provided to Boardman and Columbiana police.
      The woman said while at the bar in Niles, she had a drink but didn’t believe she finished it because she was getting sick.
      “I don’t remember the drive back to his house...I soon as we arrived at Jay’s house, I was feeling very sick to my stomach...I started violently throwing up, and it was black. I just kept getting sick and I was thinking that something wasn’t right about this...I thought I was going to die,” the woman said.
      She said the next thing she could remember was “taking a shower...and throwing up more in the shower. I did not have any clothes on, and I don’t know how they came off,” the woman said, adding “The next thing I can remember is Jay dropping me off at [my] home the next morning.
      “He let me out of the car and that was the last time I saw or spoke to him,” the woman recalled.
  June 18, 2015 Edition  
     The Boardman Township Zoning Commission will conduct a Public Hearing on the following amendments to the Boardman Township Zoning Resolution and Township Zoning Map on Thursday, June 25, 2015 at 5:30 P.M. in the Marie P. DeBartolo Meeting Room, Boardman Township Government Center, 8299 Market Street, Boardman, Ohio, 44512. Texts and map of the proposed changes may be viewed in the Zoning Office, same address, between the hours of 8:00 A.M. and 4:00 P.M. Monday through Friday, until the time of the Hearing.
      Following the recommendation of the Zoning Commission, the proposed amendments will be referred to the Board of Trustees for final determination.
      AMENDMENT A-2015-07
      Pursuant to Article XVI, Section F, Part a, Number 1 of the Boardman Township Zoning Resolution, as amended through May 29, 2012, concerning the initiation of amendments to the Township Zoning Resolution, the Board of Trustees of Boardman Township find it necessary to initiate hearings to amend the Boardman Township Zoning Resolution and Township Zoning Map to reclassify and rezone the following parcels of real property from a Residence R-2 District to a Residence R-1 District as stated below:
      Forty (40) Parcels along Terrace Drive between Southern Boulevard and Erie Street
      Forty-six (46) Parcels along Homestead Drive between Southern Boulevard and Erie Street
      Peter W. Lymber, Chairman
      Boardman Township Zoning Commission
      Sarah Gartland, Zoning Inspector
  Hinkle Bocce Event July 19  
  June 18, 2015 Edition  
     The Youngstown State Penguin Club will hold the annual Debra L. Hinkle Football Scholarship Bocce Social on Sun., July 19, at Cassese’s MVR in Youngstown. The tournament, which is open to everyone, starts at noon.
      For more information contact the Penguin Club at (330) 941-2351. The deadline for registration is July 10.
      The event starts at 11 a.m. with a social hour featuring coffee, tea, donuts and pastries. The bocce tournament will begin promptly at noon. A buffet lunch will be served at 2:00 p.m. Lunch and beverages are included in the registration fee.
      The price for an individual is $55 for non-Penguin Club/Football Alumni members and $50 for Penguin Club/Football Alumni members. For couples, the price is $100 for non-members and $95 for members.
      Each participant will receive a t-shirt commemorating the annual Football Scholarship bocce social.
      Prizes will be awarded to the winning team, which are assigned or can be submitted prior to the event.
      All proceeds from the event benefit the Debra L. Hinkle Scholarship Endowment to support the YSU Athletics. Additional contributions can be made to the Hinkle Scholarship Endowment or the Football Alumni Scholarship Endowment at the event.
  Annual Freedom Warrior Golf Outing July 17 Benefits Local Veterans  
  June 18, 2015 Edition  
      Youngstown Air Reserve Base Community Council and Avalon Golf & Country Club announces that the 2nd Annual Freedom Warrior Golf Outing will take place on Fri., July 17, 2015 at all three of the Avalon Golf & Country Club golf courses including Avalon Lakes, Squaw Creek and Avalon at Buhl.
      The four person scramble begins at 11:00 a.m. and includes breakfast, lunch, dinner and an adult only evening gala event at Squaw Creek that will include heavy hors d’oeuvres, live music, a live and silent auction and ending with fireworks.
      Ron Klingle, owner of Avalon Golf & Country Club has generously donated all three courses and his staff to help with this event. This means that registration fees will go directly to provide assistance to the service men and women from our local community who have paid dearly for our freedoms. All proceeds will be used to help disabled and disadvantaged veterans from the Mahoning, Trumbull, and Mercer Counties with both basic and special needs as well as the emergency needs of our local military members. The YARBCC Charitable Fund is a 501 C (3), so donations are tax deductible.
      Registration is $250 per golfer or $1000 for a team with the course designation based on a first come first serve. Golfing also includes the evening event ticket. Tickets for the evening event only are $75. Sponsorship opportunities are available. More information and registration and donation forms can be found at Donations can also be made online.
      Team signups, tickets, sponsorships, or monetary donations can be mailed to YARBCC Charitable Fund c/o Jerry Lyda P.O. Box 75 North Lima, OH 44452.
      For additional information or to donate live or silent auction items please contact Lisa Dickson 330-509-9603.
  June 11, 2015 Edition  
      The Boardman Township Zoning Commission will conduct a Public Hearing on the following amendments to the Boardman Township Zoning Resolution and Township Zoning Map on Thursday, June 25, 2015 at 5:30 P.M. in the Marie P. DeBartolo Meeting Room, Boardman Township Government Center, 8299 Market Street, Boardman, Ohio, 44512. Texts and map of the proposed changes may be viewed in the Zoning Office, same address, between the hours of 8:00 A.M. and 4:00 P.M. Monday through Friday, until the time of the Hearing.
      Following the recommendation of the Zoning Commission, the proposed amendments will be referred to the Board of Trustees for final determination.
      AMENDMENT A-2015-07
      Pursuant to Article XVI, Section F, Part a, Number 1 of the Boardman Township Zoning Resolution, as amended through May 29, 2012, concerning the initiation of amendments to the Township Zoning Resolution, the Board of Trustees of Boardman Township find it necessary to initiate hearings to amend the Boardman Township Zoning Resolution and Township Zoning Map to reclassify and rezone the following parcels of real property from a Residence R-2 District to a Residence R-1 District as stated below:
      Forty (40) Parcels along Terrace Drive between Southern Boulevard and Erie Street
      Forty-six (46) Parcels along Homestead Drive between Southern Boulevard and Erie Street
      Peter W. Lymber, Chairman
      Boardman Township Zoning Commission
      Sarah Gartland, Zoning Inspector
  June 11, 2015 Edition  
      The Board of Trustees of Boardman Township will conduct a Public Hearing on the following amendments to the Boardman Township Zoning Resolution and Township Zoning Map on Monday, June 22, 2015 at 5:15 P.M. in the Marie P. DeBartolo Meeting Room, Boardman Township Government Center, 8299 Market Street, Boardman, Ohio, 44512. Texts and map of the proposed changes may be viewed in the Zoning Office, same address, between the hours of 8:00 A.M. and 4:00 P.M. Monday through Friday, until the time of the Hearing.
      This is the final hearing in determination of this case. The Board will act within twenty (20) days of the hearing date.
      AMENDMENT A-2015-07
      Pursuant to Article XVI, Section F, Part a, Number 1 of the Boardman Township Zoning Resolution, as amended through May 29, 2012, concerning the initiation of amendments to the Township Zoning Resolution, the Board of Trustees of Boardman Township find it necessary to initiate hearings to amend the Boardman Township Zoning Resolution and Township Zoning Map to reclassify and rezone the following parcels of real property as stated below:
      All Parcels within Boardman Township along Wendy Lane
      All Parcels within Boardman Township along Cover Drive
      And to rezone the northerly (rear) 50’ the following parcel from Residential R-2 Districts to Residential R-1 Districts:
      Parcel Number Address Legal Description
      30-028-0-015.00-0, 1940 BOARDMAN-POLAND RD., LOT 1, POLAND UNITD METHODIST
      And to rezone the following 2 parcels from Residential R-2 to Residential R-1 with the exception of the southerly 335’ which is currently zoned commercial:
      Parcel Number Address Legal Description
      30-028-0-009.00-0, 1816 BOARDMAN-POLAND RD., LOT 1 REPLLT 1 UNIVRLTYPL
      30-028-0-008.00-0, 1738 BOARDMAN-POLAND RD., LOT 1, BUD WEAVER REPLAT
      Brad Calhoun, Chairman
      Board of Trustees, Boardman Township
      Sarah Gartland, Zoning Inspector
  Amateur Bakers Sought For Slavic Baking Competition At Simply Slavic Festival June 20  
  June 11, 2015 Edition  
     Growing up Slavic in the Mahoning Valley meant slices of kolachi or homemade chrusciki in your lunch box instead of Twinkies and Oreos. The organizers of Simply Slavic want to encourage the perpetuation of those recipes and traditions.
      One way they do so is the Annual Slavic Baking Competition to be held at the 5th Annual Simply Slavic Festival on Sat., June 20, 2015. Organizers are inviting the region’s best amateur bakers to put their favorite recipe to the test!
      This fun, friendly contest encourages talented amateur bakers to show their skills by putting their favorite ethnic bake goods and recipes in front of local Slavic celeb judges. Entries will be judged on three criteria: Taste (50%), Authenticity (25%) and Presentation (25%).
      Interested participants should submit their entry form with a $5 non-refundable entry fee, and a description of 100 words or less. The entry form, which includes complete contest rules and information, is available online at
      Remember to highlight pertinent information like its Slavic roots, holidays at which it might be used and where you first ate it. Mail it to Simply Slavic Baking Contest, 4442 Rita Ave., Youngstown, OH 44515. Entries will be accepted until Monday, June 15, 2015.
      On the day of the event, participants will then bring their entries to the Baking Contest table at the Simply Slavic Festival, inside Joe Maxx Coffee Shop, 47 Federal Plaza E., Youngstown (Realty Tower, street level), no later than 1:00 p.m. Judging begins at 2:00 p.m.
      Contestants are asked to bring two of the baked items (or two dozen of cookies) packaged separately. No baked goods can be submitted or will be accepted that have to be frozen, refrigerated or heated.
      Entry will be presented to judges at room temperature. Entries must be from non-professionals. Professional is defined as a person who is paid or has been paid to cook or bake.
      For more information call Mary Margaret Hovanes at 330-792-6281 or email
      Simply Slavic was created in 2011 to educate both the region’s large number of Slavic descendants and the community-at-large about Slavic heritage. It did this by featuring live Slavic music, folk dance performances, homemade food, children’s learning areas, educational exhibits and workshops and ethnic vendors.
      Since that time the group has developed an active regional, national and even international following that follow their efforts to share news and event information of interest to Slavs on their website,, as well as on their Facebook page.
  Beloved Principal Tapped As Distinguished Alumni  
  Terry Samuels Led West Blvd., Center Middle Schools:   June 4, 2015 Edition  
Terry Samuels
      Longtime Boardman Local School administrator Terry L. Samuels, 76, was the honored recipient of one of two, Distinguished Alumni Awards that were handed out at the Boardman High School Senior Award Assembly held May 27 by the Boardman Alumni Association.
      Samuels, a 1957 graduate of Boardman High School, spent some 50 years in education, the majority with the Boardman Local School System where he served as principal at West Blvd. Elementary School and then at Center Middle School.
      Following his retirement as an administrator, he served as a Boardman school bus driver, while also serving as an academic advisor at Youngstown State University during a term that included the four national football championship teams coached by Jim Tressel.
      For some 15 years he would get up very early, drive his bus route, then go to YSU to work with student-athletes as an NCAA compliance officer, then return to Boardman to drive his bus route again.
      During his tenure leading Center Middle School, the school began to operate its own, closed-circuit television station.
      He also was a member and past president of the Boardman High School Band and Orchestra Parents, accompanying the marching band to parades in Philadelphia, New York City, Orlando, Fla. and Pasadena, Calif. He also served as chairperson of Boardman Band Night.
      Samuels is a two-time recipient of the Distinguished Service Award from the Ohio Association of Elementary School Principals and Administrators; and received the Outstanding Leadership Award in 1988 from the Mahoning County Association of Elementary School Administrators.
      He and his wife of 50 years, Marilyn, are the parents of two children, Mark and Lynn, both graduates of Boardman High School.
      “In my 35 years in education with the Boardman Local School System, I had the occasion to work with many fine people. To work with Terry Samuels was a privilege as I viewed him as more than an administrator. He was the ‘come up with an idea and we’ll run for it’ kind of man who would search the ends of the earth in order to help you be successful,” fellow educator Margaret Wellington said.
      Also recognized with a Distinguished Alumni Award was former teacher and Boardman High School graduate Jack Hay.
      Hay taught at Boardman High School from 1975-2010 and served as chairman of the English Department from 1998 until his retirement. He also served as Humanities Club advisor and Senior Class advisor, as well as an assistant football coach, baseball and softball coach.
      Hay is perhaps best-remembered for being named Head Football Coach at Boardman High School on Apr. 10,, 1997, and then resigning from the job before ever coaching a game, little more than six weeks after accepting the position.
  May 14, 2015 Edition  
      The Boardman Township Zoning Commission will conduct a Public Hearing on the following amendments to the Boardman Township Zoning Resolution and Township Zoning Map on Tuesday, May 26, 2015 at 5:15 P.M. in the Marie P. DeBartolo Meeting Room, Boardman Township Government Center, 8299 Market Street, Boardman, Ohio, 44512. Texts and map of the proposed changes may be viewed in the Zoning Office, same address, between the hours of 8:00 A.M. and 4:00 P.M. Monday through Friday, until the time of the Hearing.
      This is the final hearing in determination of this case. The Board shall act at this hearing or within twenty (20) days of the hearing date.
      AMENDMENT A-2015-06
      Pursuant to Article XVI, Section F, Part a, Number 1 of the Boardman Township Zoning Resolution, as amended through May 29, 2012, concerning the initiation of amendments to the Township Zoning Resolution, the Board of Trustees of Boardman Township find it necessary to initiate hearings to amend the Boardman Township Zoning Resolution and Township Zoning Map to reclassify and rezone the following 103 parcels of real property in their entirety from Residential R-2 Districts to Residential R-1 Districts:
      49 Parcels along Tara Drive
      4 Parcels along Jochman Court
      5 Parcels along Delaware Avenue
      45 Parcels along Island Drive
      And to rezone the northerly (rear) 220’ the following 5 parcels from Residential R-2 Districts to Residential R-1 Districts:
      5 Parcels along Boardman Poland Road
      Brad Calhoun, Chairman
      Board of Trustees Boardman Township
      Sarah Gartland, Zoning Inspector
  St. Augustine Society Announces New Job Training Program For Our Youth  
  May 14, 2015 Edition  
     St. Augustine Society, a lay ministry outreach of Catholic parishioners in the Youngstown area, is pleased to announce the launching of Café Augustine, a jobs-readiness program to be located in the Newport Branch of the Mahoning County Library.
      This Café brings young adults, ages 18-24, who are disconnected from the working world to learn life-long skills to obtain and rise through the ranks of gainful employment. Along with life-long skills, students will learn self-discipline, how to manage and set goals and most of all to believe in themselves and their abilities.
      The public will be invited to meet, eat, and inspire Café Augustine students who will learn to operate a working lunch spot. After succeeding in this teaching workplace, students are then ready to be hired by commercial and institutional food service providers, or they may be inspired to seek further academic/technical education.
      Café Augustine was inspired by and will be patterned after a similar operation called Café Reconcile in New Orleans. Technical support will be received from Urban Strategies and from Café Reconcile. Since 2000, over 1000 students have completed training and have gone on to successful employment in the food service industry. View to see for yourself how this outreach to our youth can make a difference.
      On Tues., June 9, retired Sheriff Randall Wellington will host a wine and cheese tasting event, beginning at 6:30 p.m., at Our Lady of Mount Carmel Hall in Youngstown, where you will become aquainted with the dynamic neighborhood mission of Café Augustune.
      Come and join the founder of this social outreach, a positive visionary for our youth, Reverend Edward Brienz, who will introduce you to the current leaders and successful graduates of Café Reconcile, who will travel here from New Orleans for this special event. Learn about this program, that can make a difference to many youth in our community.
      Café Augustine will not be just another restuarant. It will be operated as a sheltered workshop and life-skills training ground for many of our 6,000+ youth of the city and county, who have somehow become disconnected from the working world.
      Be a part of this new venture that has been proven to change and save lives. For more information or to purchase tickets call 330-792-6646.
  Accepting Nominations For The National Philanthropy Day Awards  
  May 14, 2015 Edition  
     Nominations are now being accepted by the Association of Fundraising Professionals Mahoning-Shenango Chapter for the 2015 National Philanthropy Day Awards. This year’s luncheon ceremony will mark the 25th year of the awards in the Valley and will take place on Friday, November 20, 2015 at Mr. Anthony’s in Boardman.
      Nominations are now being accepted from the community in the following categories:
       Outstanding Philanthropist (individual or family); Outstanding Corporate Philanthropist (corporation or corporate foundation); Outstanding Small Business Philanthropist (100 employees or fewer); Outstanding Volunteer Fundraiser (individual or small group); Outstanding Civic Organization (civic volunteer group); Outstanding Young Philanthropist (individual or group, 18 and under); Legacy Award (presented in conjunction with The Mahoning/Shenango Planned Giving Council posthumously to an individual or family).
      Nomination forms and expanded descriptions of each award criteria are available at or by sending an email to Nominations are due by 5pm on Fri., July 15, 2015 for consideration by the selection committee and should be directed to AFP P.O. Box 672 Youngstown, Ohio 44501 or emailed to To be eligible, nominees must reside in Mahoning, Trumbull or Columbiana Counties in Ohio or in Mercer or Lawrence Counties in Pennsylvania.
      For more information, contact one of the Co-Chairs, Joann Stock, CFRE at Akron Children’s Hospital Mahoning Valley (330-746-9122), Catherine Cala at Youngstown State University at 330-941-2752 or Julia Pisansky at Beatitude House 330-744-3147.
  30th Relay For Life At Boardman Stadium  
  Opens Fri., May 15 At 6:00 p.m.:   May 14, 2015 Edition  
     The American Cancer Society will hold its annual Relay For Life event at Boardman Stadium at Center Middle School beginning on Fri., May 15 at 6:00 p.m. and ending on Sat., May 16 at 6:00 p.m. Theme this year is 1985: 30 Years Strong in celebration of the start of Relay For Life.
      “We have several fantastic teams this year and we hope to raise over $175,000,” said event chair Chary Hively.
      Relay For Life is a 24-hour event that brings together teams from local businesses, schools, churches and families for fun, food, music, entertainment and a night under the stars, while team members take turns walking or running on a track.
      The Relay For Life begins with a Can cer Survivors Lap and a reception to celebrate life. The funds raised from this event will support the American Cancer Society’s mission of saving lives from cancer and creating a world with more birthdays.
      One of the highlights of the event is the Luminaria Ceremony, that begins at dusk. During the event, people can purchase a luminaria in memory or in honor of someone who has been touched by cancer. Luminaria bags are placed around the track and lit during a memorial program that includes guest speaker Joshua Johnson.
      “I encourage everyone to come out to the event to cheer on cancer survivors during the opening ceremony and to remember everyone touched by cancer during the luminaria ceremony at dusk,” said Hively. “We invite all local cancer survivors, family and friends to attend.”
  May 7, 2015 Edition  
      The Boardman Township Zoning Commission will conduct a Public Hearing on the following amendments to the Boardman Township Zoning Resolution and Township Zoning Map on Thursday, May 28, 2015 at 5:30 P.M. in the Marie P. DeBartolo Meeting Room, Boardman Township Government Center, 8299 Market Street, Boardman, Ohio, 44512. Texts and map of the proposed changes may be viewed in the Zoning Office, same address, between the hours of 8:00 A.M. and 4:00 P.M. Monday through Friday, until the time of the Hearing.
      Following the recommendation of the Zoning Commission, the proposed amendments will be referred to the Board of Trustees for final determination.
      AMENDMENT A-2015-07
      Pursuant to Article XVI, Section F, Part a, Number 1 of the Boardman Township Zoning Resolution, as amended through May 29, 2012, concerning the initiation of amendments to the Township Zoning Resolution, the Board of Trustees of Boardman Township find it necessary to initiate hearings to amend the Boardman Township Zoning Resolution and Township Zoning Map to reclassify and rezone the following parcels of real property as stated below:
      •All Parcels within Boardman Township along Wendy Lane,
      •All Parcels within Boardman Township along Cover Drive;
      And to rezone the northerly (rear) 50’ the following parcel from Residential R-2 Districts to Residential R-1 Districts:
      Parcel Number Address Legal Description
      30-028-0-015.00-0 1940 BRDMAN-POLAND RD. LOT 1, POLAND UNITED METHODIST;
      And to rezone the following 2 parcels from Residential R-2 to Residential R-1 with the exception of the southerly 335’ which is currently zoned commercial:
      Parcel Number Address Legal Description
      30-028-0-009.00-0 1816 BRDMAN-POLAND RD LOT 1 REPLLT 1 UNIVRLTYPL
      30-028-0-008.00-0 1738 BRDMAN-POLAND RD LOT 1, BUD WEAVER REPLAT
      Peter W. Lymber, Chairman
      Boardman Township Zoning Commission
      Sarah Gartland, Zoning Inspector
  May 7, 2015 Edition  
      The Boardman Township Board of Appeals shall hold a Public Hearing on Tuesday, May 19, 2015 at 7:00 P.M., at the Boardman Township Government Center, 8299 Market Street, Boardman Township, Ohio, 44512, for consideration of the following cases:
      APPEAL CASE AC-2015-08
      Robert S. Fellman, owner, RCJR Holdings Limited, 7811 South Avenue, Boardman, Ohio, 44512, requests a conditional use permit as per the terms of Article XVI, Section I, Conditional Use Permits of the Boardman Township Zoning Resolution, in order to expand the current property used for the sale of vehicles located at 7811 South Avenue, Boardman, Ohio, defined as a conditional use as per Article XIX Land Use Tables. Property owner also requests a variance from the terms of Article X Commercial Districts in order to construct an addition 8’ from the side yard property line, seeking a 2’ reduction from the required 10’ side yard setback. Said request is also known as Parcel Number 29-052-0-004.00-0, Lot 8 of the Williams and Carrier Replat. Said property is zoned Commercial in Boardman Township, Mahoning County, State of Ohio.
      Text and maps of the request may be viewed at the Boardman Township Zoning Office, 8299 Market Street, Boardman, Ohio, 44512, Monday through Friday, between the hours of 8:00 A.M. and 4:00 P.M. until time of the hearing.
      Atty. John Shultz, Chairman
      Boardman Township Board of Appeals
      Sarah Gartland, Zoning Inspector
  May 7, 2015 Edition  
     Legal Notice
      Boardman Schools Saves Money
      Through its “Retire/Rehire” Program
      As part of the current negotiated agreements between the Boardman Board of Education and its unions (the Ohio Association of Public School Employees Chapter #334 and the Boardman Education Association) an employee may retire from the Boardman Local School District and be immediately rehired for less pay and benefits. There are substantial savings to the Board of Education for each employee who elects to participate in this opportunity. The Boardman Local School District has saved over $4,000,000 since instituting this program ten years ago. At this time, employees wishing to participate in this option can retire and be re-employed for the next calendar year.
      The employees listed below have indicated their intent to take part in this option for the next calendar year. This action will occur at the August 24, 2015 Board of Education Meeting.
      Janet Sypert, Market Street Elementary 2nd grade teacher;
      Janice Zorman, Robinwood Lane 4th grade teacher.
      Any citizen interested in hearing more details about this provision in the negotiated agreement or wishing to speak before the Board of Education regarding this matter may do so at the July Board of Education meeting. This public meeting will be held at 7:00 p.m. on Monday, July 27, 2015 at Boardman Center Middle School.
  Jolene Moschella Ross Makes An Appeal For Her Sister  
  Special Vehicle Would Allow Christine To Take Part In Life With Her Family:   May 7, 2015 Edition  
     Former Boardman High School and Youngstown State University basketball star, Christine
      Moschella Terlesky, who served as a teacher and a basketball and golf coach at Boardman
      following her graduation from college, has been battling Lou Gehrig’s Disease for more than a year. The crippling disease has left her largely dependent on her family and friends for most of what many take for granted. Last year thousands of people turned-out at a fundraiser for Christine that was held at Boardman High School. Funds from the event, more than $100,000 were used to make improvements to the Terlesky home in Boardman to help Christine battle her disease. Now, her youngest sister, Jolene, has begun a fund-raising drive to help Christine remain mobile. Jolene has made the following appeal through the web site, Go Fund Me, to raise funds to purchase a handicapped-equipped vehicle for her sister.
      Christine Terlesky has been battling ALS now for over a year. She is a beautiful 42-year-old wife and mother of three children. Her positive spirit and personality are infectious. She has progressed to the point where she is now in need of a handicapped-equipped vehicle which would allow her to be able to travel more easily to continue to experience her life.
      Since her diagnosis she has become an inspiration to so many in her community, and she is determined to continue on enjoying her life with her family.
      Christine and her husband, Brian, have three beautiful children: Brian, 15, Tyler,10, and Emma, 6. She is so proud of them.
      Christine was a teacher, coach, and active mother until her world came crashing to a halt in the summer, 2013.
      She began noticing some odd things happening to her. Her arm was twitching, and she began tripping and falling on the ground. When she was out to dinner with her husband she fell and actually broke her ankle. Upon dealing with these odd occurrences, she consulted her physician (who was alarmed), and he ordered blood work and an MRI. The results of the MRI came clear, which was the first time that she actually told anything to us (her family) about her symptoms. We were relieved because the doctor was relieved, and she was told that she had a severe vitamin B12 deficiency which could mimic neurological diseases.
      We believed that the puzzle was solved, however, her doctor recommended that she keep her appointment with a neurologist at the Cleveland Clinic just to be sure. On Sept. 19 she went to the clinic, and this was the first time that it was mentioned that she might have ALS. It took two more doctors appointments and a second opinion at John Hopkins to verify that she in fact does have ALS. This all being confirmed with one test, an EMG.
      This kind of news rips your insides and creates a kind of pain that is hard to explain. Your stomach drops, your heart sinks, and you go into a state of disbelief. How is this possible? She is so young.
      After a year of living with the disease now Christine is adjusting. She has made many changes to her home. She has had to make many changes to her life. It has become very difficult to go places, but with the help of this vehicle, she will be able to go places that she wants to go, as well as doctors appointments that she must go on.
      After having watched my sister decline over the past year I have realized that she has dealt with the changes of her body and to her life with grace and dignity.
      She is one of those people who everyone likes. She always sees the good in others. Christine has a sweet, kind, and friendly personality. And she has always puts of the needs of her family above her own and continues to.
      She has spent the past nine summers helping her son, Brian, foster his golf career. One of her favorite joys in life is watching him golf and guiding him through some of his matches, as she was also the high school golf coach.
      Her son, Tyler, loves movies and swimming.
      And (their sister) Emma enjoys shopping, swimming, and excursions out to dinner. This vehicle is extremely expensive, but would give her such a great opportunity to take part in living with her family. Please help us help Christine get this transportation to continue on her with her life.
      Right now it is much too difficult to travel. This vehicle would allow her the ability to travel much more easily and she will be able to share in so much more of what this life has to offer. This vehicle would allow her to attend events with her family, to go to Brian’s golf tournaments, to share movies with Tyler, and the watch Emma at the swim club. We would like to allow her to continue to be able to share in the lives of her children.
      Christine’s Legacy
      Christine is a great teacher. Her passion for people and history led her into the teaching profession of which has been a high school history teacher for 19 years. Her enthusiasm for people and kids is remarkable. Her graduated students always come back to visit her sharing their stories of success and their admiration for her teaching.
      This diagnosis has shaken the whole community of Boardman where she lives and taught. She had to retire from her position in the middle of the school year last year.
      Christine is also tremendous athlete and coach. She played basketball throughout her high school career being one of the highest scorers in her high school history. She was ranked the #2 point guard in the state of Ohio in high school, and she made first team All Ohio and eventually was inducted into the Boardman High School Hall of Fame. She fulfilled all of these accomplishments and only being a mere 5-1 tall. She received a full scholarship to play Division I basketball at Akron University and then at Youngstown State University. This background allowed her to become a girl’s basketball coach for 16 years. She was definitely a spitfire of a player and a tough coach.
      Finally, Christine is a great older sister. Older sisters have a way of protecting and helping their younger sisters. My older sister has always taken care of us. And we have always looked up to her. She is the ultimate role model. I never would have imagined the support that she would need right now. It is now my turn to return the favor. Please join us in helping her get her van to get back part of her life.
      For information on helping Christine acquire a vehicle that would provide her mobility and the opportunity to watch her children, see
  Boardman HS Teacher Placed On Paid Administrative Leave After Mar. 17 Fire  
  May 7, 2015 Edition  
     A shop teacher at Boardman High School was relieved of his duties on Mar. 17, following a fire in an industrial arts classroom.
      The teacher, Michael Powell, was placed on a paid administrative leave following the fire that caused the evacuation of students and staff from the high school.
      According to the Mar., 2015 monthly report of Boardman Township Fire Chief Mark Pitzer, Powell “was burning insulation off [electrical] wiring so he could scrap the copper wire inside.”
      Supt. Frank Lazzeri said the school district is conducting an internal investigation into the fire. Chief Pitzer said the Boardman Fire Department and Mahoning County Prosecutor’s Office declined to file charges in the matter.
      “The handling of this case has been placed back in the hands of the school district,” Chief Pitzer said.
      There was no reported damage from the fire, but school officials evacuated the building near 2:00 p.m., citing concerns over smoke and possible carbon monoxide in the building.
      “Ventilation took place and students were escorted back into the school,” Chief Pitzer said.
      Flames from the fire shot some 10-ft. to 15-ft. into the air. However, Powell indicated a ventilation in a welding area was not working properly, and smoke filled much of the high school.
      Boardman FD Investigator Lt. Jim McCreary said he found smoke throughout the first and second floors of the high school and it took some 30 minutes “to clear the building of smoke and render the school tenable for students to return.”
      McCreary said that seven students were interviewed about the fire, and they all told similar stories. “The students stated they voiced concerns to Powell about starting the fire inside the shop,” McCreary said, noting that Powell responded “there would be no problems.’
      McCreary stated that Powell placed about 40 pounds of electrical wiring (mostly extension cords and Christmas ‘twinkle lights’ into a steel bowl [used as a burning pit] and proceeded to use a cutting torch to ignite the wiring.
      A video of the event given to investigators, has Powell telling students “Don’t go huffing the smoke boys.”
      According to McCreary, “Once the fire started, the students were instructed by Powell to add more wire to the fire. This caused the size of the fire to increase and produce large amounts of smoke,” McCreary said.
      The fire was extinguished when Powell placed a large piece of steel over the blaze.
      “At no time did any of the students witness Powell use a fire extinguisher...At no time was anyone instructed to pull a fire alarm or sent to notify administration of the fire,” McCreary said.
      According to McCreary, Powell said he placed five to ten pounds of wire, mostly extension cords, into a steel vessel and set it on fire using a cutting torch.
      Powell said an exhaust fan was turned on, “but he noticed as the smoke began to build, it didn’t appear to be operating properly.”
      Powell told investigators he felt he could get the fire under control and that is why he didn’t pull a fire alarm or notify school administration, McCreary said.
      Powell also said he had started a fire in the shop ‘for the same reason’ on one other occasion, “after school hours and there were no students present.”
  May 1, 2015 Edition  
     SECTION 00 11 13
      Sealed bids will be received by Boardman Township (Owner), at their office, 8299 Market Street, Boardman, Ohio 44512, until 11:00 a.m., on May 11, 2015, and then later publicly opened and read aloud at the Boardman Township Trustee Meeting at 2:00 p.m. on May 11, 2015 held at the Boardman Center Middle School, 7410 Market Street, Boardman, OH 44512, for the Year 2015 Catch Basin Replacement Project.
      The work consists of furnishing all labor, materials and supplies necessary for the complete replacement of 23 catch basins (curb inlets) that collect storm water runoff from Township roadways throughout Boardman Township.
      Plans and specifications for the above PROJECT can be examined or purchased at the office of ms consultants, inc., 333 East Federal Street, Youngstown, Ohio 44503 between the hours of 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. (Monday through Friday). A complete set of the plans and specifications and bidding documents may be obtained at the above office upon payment of Fifty Dollars ($50.00) said sum is NON-REFUNDABLE. All checks shall be made payable to ms consultants, inc.
      Bids for the above-described work must be submitted on blanks furnished with the bidding documents.
      All bids must be accompanied by a BID GUARANTY in the form of either:
       (1) a Bid Guaranty / Contract Bond for the full amount of the bid, or
       (2) a certified check, cashier’s check, or letter of credit pursuant to Chapter 1305, ORC, in the amount not less than ten (10%) of the total amount of the bid pursuant to Chapter 153 of the Ohio Revised Code.
      The Bid Guaranty shall be made unconditionally payable to Boardman Township, Ohio.
      Each individual employed by the Contractor any Sub-contractor and engaged in work on the project under this contract shall be paid the prevailing wage established by the Department of Industrial Relations of the State of Ohio. This shall occur regardless of any contractual relationship that may be said to exist between the Contractor or any Subcontractor and such individual.
      All contractors and sub-contractors involved with the project will, to the extent practicable, use Ohio products, materialism services, and labor in the implement of their project. Additionally, contractor compliance with Equal Employment Opportunity Requirements of Ohio Administrative Code Chapter 123 and the Governor’s Executive Order 84-9, shall be required. Each bid submitted must have a copy of a current Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) Certificate of Compliance. The Non-Collusion Affidavit of Prime Bidders must be completed and submitted with all bids. All bids must be identified by marking a sealed envelope – Boardman Township Year 2015 Catch Basin Replacement Project.
      The Owner reserves the right to accept or reject any and all bids, and to waive any informalities on the bids received.
      William D. Leicht
      Fiscal Officer
  Friends Of Scouting Annual Breakfast Fundraiser  
  May 19 At Camp Stambaugh:   May 1, 2015 Edition  
     The public is invited to the Whispering Pines District Greater Western Reserve Council Boy Scouts of America 10th Annual “Friends of Scouting” breakfast fundraiser May 19, at Camp Stambaugh, 3712 Leffingwell Rd., Canfield. The Greater Western Reserve Council Scouting Museum will be open and people movers will transport attendees through camp to the camp dining hall. Breakfast begins at 7:00 a.m.
      Please join us for this year’s theme “Leadership” which will recognize the impact of the Scouting Program in providing leadership skills training to our youth and how it prepares them for success in their future.
      Serving as Master of Ceremonies is Stacia Erdos.
      Keynote speaker will be Jim Tressel, President of Youngstown State University. Additional speakers will be Mr. Artemus “Art” Scissum, principal of Martin Luther King Elementary School in Youngstown, and Evan John, from the Order of the Arrow, Scouting’s National Honor Society which celebrates its 100th Anniversary this year.
      The Whispering Pines District of the Greater Western Reserve Boy Scout Council serves families in Mahoning County and Hubbard, with 1,215 youth involved in 42 units supported by 536 adult volunteers. Scoutreach is a program that serves “at risk” youth in city school systems. 450 Cub Scouts are served in the Youngstown City School system.
      Please mark your calendar and join us for this much needed fundraiser that strengthens the Scouting program for youth and families in our district. Scouting strives to develop leadership, character, citizenship and life-saving skills while enjoying camping, hiking, rock climbing, and more. Breakfast begins at 7:00 am and reservations are required by calling John Schlobohm at 330-898-8474 or emailing
      If you are interested in making an investment in Scouting and cannot attend the event; donations can be made online at or by sending a check to Boy Scouts of America, Whispering Pines District, 4930 Enterprise Blvd. NW, Warren, Ohio 44481.
      Local businesses and friends of Scouting are encouraged to call about sponsorship opportunities for this year’s event. Special thanks to our past sponsors who have made a difference in the lives of thousands of young men and women in the Mahoning Valley. To request an e-mail for sponsorship levels contact: today!
  Mr. & Mrs. Edison Lugibihl Given Civic Association’s Lifetime Achievement Award  
  April 23, 2015 Edition  
     The Boardman Civic Association handed-out seven college scholarships, and presented a Lifetime Achievement Award Mr. and Mrs. Edison Lugibihl during its annual Academic Achievement Banquet held at the Georgetown last week. Featured speaker at the event was Dr. Justin Mistovich.
      Scholarships were presented to Jordan Snipes (Youngstown Christian), Luke Carrabia (Boardman High School), Victoria Valko (Boardman High School), Marie Shorokey (Boardman High School), Jonathan Ouimet (Boardman High School), and Mario Ricciardi (Cardinal Mooney High School).
      “Dr. Mistovich did a fabulous job encapsulating life’s important aspects and presenting inspiring words to the scholars that were in attendance,” said Meg Harris, BCA president.
      Mr. and Mrs. Lugibihl have lived in Boardman for more than 60 years, and are longtime members of Boardman United Methodist Church. Mr. Lugibihl retired as an educator in Nov., 1992, after a more than four decade career with Boardman Local Schools, where he served as a teacher and middle school principal.
      121 high school seniors were recognized for maintaining scholastic averages of 3.2 or better.
      99 students from Boardman High School were recognized, including Jamil Abdo, Mackenzie Allen, Brooke Bailey, Melanie Banko, Megan Banks, Gino Beato, Lee Billock, Ireland Blume, Isabel Bonhomme, Nancy Boulos, T’Amor Bowman, Luke Carabbia, Deanna Cassidy, Andrew Cessna, Brittany Chamberlain, Alexandra Chismar, Benjamin Clark, Frances Clause, Caroline Constantinovich, Dominique Cox, Breanna Deblois, Stephanie DeMain, Donald Dempsey, Rocci DeNiro, David Durthic, Michael Despetorich, Kacey Dickey, Dominic DiLullo, Alexis Downie, Cailin Downie, Renee Dubiel, Jessica Cox, Brian Fryda, Zachary Fryda, Hayley Gianfrancesco, Sarah Gonda, Hannah Grimes, Santino Guerrieri, Nathanial Harris, Brooke Harsh, Paige Headlee, Brian Hirschl, Kristen Huck, Konstantinos Kasamias, Charis Kasler, Douglas Kephart, Kelly Kratofil, Haley Landers, Scott Lendak, Julia Lewis, Amanda Lipke, Daniel Liptak, Jordan Long, Vincent Mancini, Anastasios Mihalopoulos, Corey Miles, Amanda Moss, Kaye Moyer, Trustan Myers, Kristina Nguyen, Maggie Nguyen, Michael Notar, Megan O’Neil, Matthew O’Nesti, Blaise Obritz, Jonathan Quimet, Michael Palagano, Arjun Pandya, Jessica Parillo, Robert Parkhurst, Ariana Pasqual, Alexa Pasquale, Hannah Pavelko, Jenna Pavlansky, Tyler Poulakos, Carly Redmond, Brandon Rigelsky, Gabrielle Rossi, Athena Russo, Samantha Sakmar, Juan Santiago, Kacie Santilli, Richard Santucci, Jessuica Schweinsberg, Marie Shorokey, Aaron Skeens, Zachary Smotzer, Anna Sracic, Matthew Stark, Kelsie Stutz, Kayleigh Sweeney, Nicholas Tancabel, Hannah Titus, Victoria Valko, Haleigh Vallas, Efrain Velez and Jacob Wagner.
      20 students from Cardinal Mooney HS were recognized, including Carly Berlon, Mary Buchenic, Jake Clarke, Christian Dama, Dante DeChellis, Samantha Ellis, Kacey Ellswroth, Kenneth Emch, Brooke Fonderlin, James Haddad, David Hughes, Trent Humphreys, Emily Kiraly, Brian Knotten, Christian Lowery, Timothy Pallotta, Vincent Pecchia, Mario Ricciardi and Vincent Vostatek.
      Recognized from Youngstown Christian School were Payton Schnabl and Jordan Snipes.
      The invocation and benediction were given by Kathi McNabb-Welsh. Serving as master of ceremonies was Mark Luke.
      Mr. and Mrs. Lugibihl were introduced to the Civic Association by Luke, who cited the Lugibihl’s history of service to Boardman Township and its public school system.
      Mrs. Lugibihl was employed as a secretary for former West Blvd. Elementary School Principal Dave Hatcher, and also to Supt. Irvin J. Nisonger. She retired in 1992. Mrs. Lugibihl has served as treasurer of Boardman United Methodist Church since 2004.
      Mr. Lugibihl is a recipient of the Rotary International Paul Harris Fellow award, a Boardman School Hall of Fame inductee, and served as treasurer of the two-year effort to build a new auditorium at Boardman High School under the banner of Auditorium 2000. He is a 40-year-member of the Phi Delta Kappa educational fraternity.
      In 1957, he helped to organize the Boardman Local Schools Employees Credit Union, serving as treasurer, while is wife served as manager. In 1992, the credit union merged with the Associated School Employees Credit Union where Mr. Lugibihl currently serves as treasurer.
      He was an assistant coach under Head Coach Jerry Thorpe for the 1960 Boardman High School football team that posted an unbeaten, 9-0, record.
      Mr. and Mrs. Lugibihl are the parents of three children, all graduates of Boardman High School, sons Jay and Tad, and daughter Gay. They have nine grandchildren.
  Community Garden Set At Southern Stables  
  April 9, 2015 Edition  
     Boardman Park and the Mahoning County 4-H will open a ‘Community Garden’ at Historic Southern Stables on Washington Blvd. The garden will provide 10-ft. by 20-ft. plots per gardener at a fee of $25. The garden season will run from May 1 to Nov. 15.
      “Gardeners can grow food for their own families or for charity,” says park executive director Dan Slagle.
      Community gardens provide fresh produce and plants as well as satisfying labor and a sense of community and connection to the environment.
      Those wishing to participate in the community garden at Southern Park will receive free water for their crops and periodic classes will provide instruction on gardening and related topic.
      Gardeners must provide their own seeds and/or plants, use their own tools, as well as fertilizer and mulch.
      “Our community garden will provide a place where each gardener will be part of a gardening community where there will be an atmosphere for a unique kind of fellowship. Every gardener will be responsible not only for their own plot, but also for pathways surrounding their plot. It will be a place where everyone participating can help each other,” Slagle said this week.
      What Will Gardners Grow?
      Plants suggested for the community garden include vegetables, herbs, flowers and small fruit plants for home consumption or donation to community food banks and other charities. All plants need to be maintained in a manner that they do not shade an adjoining garden or encroach upon pathways.
      Registration for the Community Garden at Southern Stables opens Apr. 13 at the general offices of Boardman Park. Additional information can be obtained by calling 330-726-8105.
  65th Kiwanis Easter Egg Hunt  
  Wed., April 1 At Boardman Township Park:   March 31, 2015 Edition  
     Boardman's Kiwanis is proud to continue the tradition by organizing the 65th Easter Egg Hunt for the kindergarten children of the four elementary schools in Boardman. Boardman High School's Home Economics classes stuffed over 1300 eggs with candy.
      The eggs will be hidden throughout KidsTown by the Easter Bunny assisted by Boardman High School's Key Club.
  Township Fiscal Officer Will Seek Re-Election  
  March 26, 2015 Edition  
     Longtime Boardman Township Fiscal Officer William Leicht has announced he will seek re-election for a sixth term in November.
      Leicht was first elected to the office in 1995. During his tenure, the annual budget of the township has grown from some $11.3 million, to $17.5 million, and the number of employees has increased from 128 employees to 155 employees.
      Prior to his election as Township Fiscal Officer, Leicht served 12 years on the Boardman Board of Education.
      He has operated his own CPA firm for more than 35 years.
      During his lengthy tenure as Township Fiscal Officer, Boardman has never had a major finding in annual state audits.
      Leicht has led the township through a variety of leadership changes, particularly among Boards of Trustees and the post of Township Administrator.
      Under Leicht’s tenure, the Township Fiscal Office has introduced programs that strengthen systems for safeguarding township assets, and his investment policies over a four-year period earned some $502,101. In addition, annual motel tax collections have risen to nearly $290,000.
      He also instituted a program of ‘mini grants’ that have provided additional funding for the Boardman Police Department, including its Narcotics Enforcement Unit (NEU). Those grants have resulted in many arrests of criminals whose assets have been seized, and in part, redistributed back to the township.
      The current Fiscal Officer was instrumental in providing the initial language for House Bill 426 that was approved by the State Legislature in 1997. The measure allows townships to restrict monies for specific obligations.
      Leicht is also the custodian of township cemeteries. He is responsible for the upkeep, including the selling of lots and internments and maintenance for Boardman Cemetery located on Boardman-Poland Rd. and Zion Cemetery on Tippecanoe Rd.
      Leicht pledges to continue efforts to keep Boardman Township in a leadership role.
  Teen’s Quick Actions Prevented Her Home From Burning Down  
  March 26, 2015 Edition  
     Boardman Fire Chief Mark Pitzer praised the efforts of a 14-year-old girl who helped prevent her home from burning down on Thurs., Mar. 19. Pitzer made his remarks at the regular meeting of Boardman Trustees that was held on Monday at the Government Center.
      Near 7:00 p.m., firemen were sent to 631 Cathy Ann Dr. where they found a fire in an upstairs bedroom.
      Investigators believe the fire started in or near an electric baseboard heater and damage was set near $30,000.
      The home is owned by Allan and Maria Pavelko, who were not there at the time of the fire.
      “The couple’s 14-year-old daughter discovered the fire and knew what to do as a result of her elementary school fire safety education,” Chief Pitzer told Trustees.
      Lt. Jim McCreary said that the teenager thought she smelled smoke in the home and went upstairs to investigate the odor.
      “As she got to the second floor, the smoke detector began to sound and she put her hands on a bedroom door that she could feel was hot,” McCreary said, adding the teenager “immediately picked up her cat and left the house and called 9-1-1.”
      “Sarah said she knew from her elementary fire safety education to leave the home and call emergency services,” McCreary said.
      By not opening the door, she starved the fire of oxygen and kept the blaze from spreading to the rest of the structure.
      “Her quick notification to the fire department kept the fire to just one room,” McCreary noted.
  Bantam Phantoms Advance To National Tourney In Salt Lake City  
  March 19, 2015 Edition  
     The Youngstown Phantoms Bantam AA hockey team advanced to national competition with a 9-1 victory over Toledo Cherokee on Mar. 8 in the Ohio Bantam Championship game in Mentor.
      With the win, the Phantoms won the Ohio 14U Tier II state championship and advance to national championship play in Salt Lake City, Utah, beginning on Mar. 25.
      The Phantoms end their season ranked first in Ohio with a 37-13-6 record, while outscoring their opponents 223-103. The team is also ranked 50th of 1060 teams nationally
      Last year the team, the Bantam Phantoms were ranked 86th in the country, but went an 18-22-3 record for the season.
      “They were the youngest team in the league and their schedule taught them to play hard, dig deep, and keep focused, said Head Coach Bob Hawthorne.
      The team, comprised of 14-year-old boys from the Boardman-area and western Pennsylvania opened this season ranked #1 in of Ohio. They held onto this position and earned a spot in the Silver Sticks National Tournament in Port Huron, Mich. in January.
      Following that tournament, the Phantoms returned to competition in the Pittsburgh Amateur Hockey League.
      On Feb. 22, they team clinched the league title with a record of 16-2-2 against 11 other teams. The Phantoms recorded 86 goals during the season in league play and also had the lowest number of penalty minutes.
      Coach Hawthorne has played hockey all his life, most notably in his youth in upstate New York and Canada. Hawthorne participated as a player at the U.S. Olympic camp for the 1980 ‘Miracle” Team. He has served as a level 4 USA Hockey coach for 36 years and has earned numerous honors and awards. He has also been a USA Hockey official for over 30 years.
      The Salt Lake City event will be his fourth appearance at the national tournament with a youth hockey team. Assistant coaches are Zach Skook, Jamie Hamilton, and Taylor Cera.
      Rostered players include: Drew Murphy (A), Stone Elias, Tallon Price, Colin Frost, Bo Gray (A), Devin Whitaker, Danny LaFontaine, Michael Fetsko, Vince Hepola and Rob Stanko of the Boardman area. Western Pennsylvania players include Darrin Smith (C), Max Hamilton (A), Brayden Forsyth, Cole Luther, Richie Phipps, RJ Pozzuto and Bradley Ryniawec.
      The team practices at the Ice Zone on McClurg Rd. in Boardman.
  38th Annual Maple Syrup Festival, Rotary Breakfast Set At Boardman Park, Mar. 21-22, Mar. 28-29  
  March 19, 2015 Edition  
     Spring is just around the corner and Boardman Park will hold its 38th annual Maple Syrup Festival and Boardman Rotary Pancake Breakfast, on Saturdays and Sundays, Mar. 21-22, and Mar. 28-Mar. 29, from 8:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
      Maple Syrup Festival outdoor activities include walking to Chester Long Pavilion where the Park staff will demonstrate how Maple trees are tapped, the sap collected, and then boiled down to make syrup.
      Boy Scout Troop 60 and Civil War re-enactors will also provide demonstration. Hay wagon rides will also be available.
      Inside the Lariccia Family Community Center there will be displays presented by the Boardman Historical Society, Western Reserve Woodcarvers and Mahoning County Watercolor Society. Maple syrup will be for sale and Troop 60 will hold a basket raffle.
      Rotary pancake and sausage breakfasts will be served-up for $6/person, with children 6 and under free. Proceeds from the breakfast stay in the community and support the many projects of the Boardman Rotary. Tickets can be purchased at the door.
      For more information, call the Park Office at 330-726-8107.
  Easter Seals Run Set For Sat., Apr. 25 At Lariccia Center In Boardman Park  
  March 13, 2015 Edition  
     Easter Seals of Mahoning, Trumbull and Columbiana Counties will host their annual 5K Walk/Run to Make the First Five Count at Lariccia Family Community Center in Boardman Park on Sat., Apr. 25. Registration will begin at 9:00 a.m. with the walk/run at 9:30 a.m. Participation is $25 per person, with an early-bird registration fee of $20 due by Apr. 10. Participants can register online at or The first 150 to pre-register receive an official event t-shirt.
      “Each year one out of every five children begins the school year behind his or her peers,” Jennifer Roberts, Easter Seals marketing and events coordinator said. “Through our Make the First Five Count walk/run we not only raise critical funding for our services but raise awareness of the importance of the first five years of a child’s life.”
      From infants to aging adults, Easter Seals provides a range of services to those with disabilities or special needs including: Aquatic, Physical, Occupational and Speech Therapy, Audiology & Hearing Services, Private Duty Nursing & Aide Services, Skill Development Center for adults with Autism, Adult Day Services, Congregate Meal Sites and Home Delivered Meals. To learn more about the programs and services offered visit
  Veteran Policeman Honored For Life-Saving Efforts  
  March 12, 2015 Edition  
Officer Robert Spatar
     In the morning hours of Aug. 12, 2014, near 7:00 a.m., Boardman police patrolman Robert Spatar was on routine patrol in the area of Victory Christian Assembly, 8590 Hitchcock Rd. when he saw a car in an otherwise empty parking lot.
      As he drove close to the Honda, he observed the car’s engine was running and a tube was connected to the tailpipe, stretching into the rear seat area of the car.
      Officer Spatar, who has served Boardman for 16 years, got out of his cruiser and found a man in the rear seat of the vehicle, apparently ingesting fumes from the tube.
      He immediately called for fire department emergency medical personnel and pulled the man out of the car.
      The actions of the policeman saved the life of a 59-year-old Deer Path Dr. man.
      “Great, I can’t even do this right,” the man exclaimed after being pulled out of the Honda.
      Officer Spatar learned the man had medical issues and that apparently been in the church parking lot for no more than 30 minutes.
      An ambulance was summoned to the scene and the man was taken to a local hospital.
      Meeting on Monday night, Boardman Trustees recognized the life saving actions of Ptl. Spatar.
      “Discovering a man lying in the back seat of a running car, in danger of carbon monoxide poisoning...Officer Spatar immediately removed the man to fresh air and summoned medical help,” Trustees said in a special proclamation that was presented to the police officer.
      In commenting on Officer Spatar’s actions, Boardman Police Chief described the veteran policeman as unassuming, and always on time for his job.
      “We often receive compliments for the actions of our officers,” Chief Nichols said, adding “I can tell you Officer Spatar is often praised by the public for his work. He is consistent and a really good police officer.”
      Pictured: VETERAN BOARDMAN POLICE OFFICER PTL. ROBERT SPATAR, at left, accepts a proclamation recognizing his life-saving efforts of Aug., 12, 2014 from Boardman Trustee Thomas Costello, at right, during Monday’s meeting of the township board of trustees.
  Marge Hartman’s Paws Town At Boardman Park Seeking New Members For 2015  
  March 12, 2015 Edition  
     Looking for your pet to be healthier and happier this year?
      Spring is on the way and it’s a perfect time for you and your dog to enjoy the benefits of the outdoors by joining the Marge Hartman’s Paws Town Dog Park at Boardman Park.
      Whether you and your dog like to exercise, socialize or just enjoy the fresh air, you can do so without concern at Paws Town Dog Park. Since Paws Town first opened it has been Boardman Park’s goal to provide a fun, social and safe environment where dogs, both big and small, are able to play off leash.
      As a members-only facility, Paws Town requires that all dogs that use the park are vaccinated and registered with Mahoning County. Also, a double gate entry system allows members to unleash their dog after entering but before interacting with other dogs.
      The dog park is well maintained, and caretakers patrol the area several times a day and are just a phone call away. The 3.25 acre park has separate fenced in areas for large and small dogs, water fountains, a dog wash station, benches, small shade trees, and dog waste bags.
      One year memberships to Paws Town are available for 2015-2016. Memberships will be valid from date of purchase through Mar. 31, 2016.
      Memberships for Boardman Residents will be $40 for one dog and $10 for each additional dog. Non-Boardman resident fee will be $65 for one dog and $10 for each additional dog. Membership packets can be picked up at the Boardman Park Office, Mondays thru Fridays, or online at
      One day passes are available for $5. Dog owners must bring their dog’s shot records on their veterinarian’s letterhead, rabies and county tag numbers.
      Person who would like to purchase a tree, in honor of or in memory of their dog, to be planted in Paws Town, can pick-up forms at the Park Office.
      For more information on Paws Town call the Park office at 330-726-8105.
  CRWC Quarter Auction June 4  
  March 12, 2015 Edition  
     The Canfield Republican Women’s Club will hold their 2nd Annual Quarter Auction on Thurs., June 4, at Drake’s Landing, 2177 Western Reserve Rd., Canfield.
      Bring your quarters or buy them there and get ready to win fantastic items! Items featured will include patriotic items, wine baskets, antinques and more. The auction is paired with hors d’oeuvres and a wine taste from area winery’s.
      There will also be a 50/50 raffle and a handgun raffle courtesy of Expert Outfitters. Ticket donation is $25 per person.
      For tickets or more information call Holly at 330-531-0120, email or send check payable to CRWC to PO Box 561, Canfield, Oh 44406 and tickets will be mailed.
  Lifetime Of Service For Boardman Park’s Director  
  March 5, 2015 Edition  
     Boardman Park’s executive director, Daniel N. Slagle Jr., 64, has spent all of his adult life working at Boardman Park---a career that has spanned some 43 years.
      During that time, Slagle has guided the park through a host of changes.
      Remember when Boardman High School played their varsity baseball games in the park, where the Maag Pavilion now stands?
      Remember the ice skating rink at the park?
      Remember the old, tiny cramp headquarters of the park?
      Remember when Chuck Schafer developed Boardman Little League and installed two new fields (with grass infields and stands?
      Remember the first Boardman Rotary Oktoberfest?
      Under Slagle, Boardman Park has been transformed into one of the State of Ohio’s most-visited community parks, upwards of 500,000 people a year.
      In recent years, the park rings down the year with an ever-growing display of holiday lighting that brings thousand of people driving through the park.
      Vestiges of Boardman past abound in the park, most notably with the development of a “Historical Village,” including the Detchon House that now houses the extensive collection of the Boardman Historical Society.
      Slagle was instrumental in moving Olde St. James Church to Boardman Park. The old church, oldest such edifice east of the Mississippi, now graces the entrance of the park.
      For all the changes at the park during Slagle’s 43 year career, and in fact for all of the park’s 66 years, consider this---
      Boardman Park is still funded by a 1-mil levy, the same millage that created the park in 1948.
      “Of all the things I am most proud of, we have been able to build the park into what it is today on virtually the same funding we had when the park was created,” Slagle observed this week.
      He noted all the improvements could not have been made without strong community involvement.
      There were the hundreds of people who joined as volunteers to build Kids Town; the Tony Lariccia family provided major funding to build a grand community center.
      “There are so many people who have helped create the park,” Slagle said, mentioning William F. Maag, Martha Roepke, Tom Masters Sr., C.R. Smith Jr. and Joseph Sylvester Sr. and the Boardman Rotary Club as among the many who have provided support over the years.
      Slagle recalled the development of the Maag Outdoor Arts Theater with some amazement.
      “One day a community resident, Martha Roepke, walked into my office and said she wanted to do something in honor of William F. Maag (who donated the original acreage to form the park),” Slagle said. She provided the major funding to build the theater and Jose Sylvester Sr. donated much of the labor.
      “We were still short of funds and I began researching potential donors. One day, I called Clarence Smith, whom I had never met before, and told him of the situation.
      “Right on the spot he pulled out his checkbook and wrote a check that covered the final construction costs.”
      “I love Boardman Park. The rewards I have received serving the community and developing the park district have filled my lifetime,” Slagle observed.
      Slagle is a life-long resident of Boardman Township, and a 1969 graduate of Boardman High School. He was an avid baseball player throughout his youth, pitching a no-hitter and earning all-star recognition.
      At the early age of 12; he learned the responsibility of work and continued working numerous part-time jobs through high school. Upon graduation, he worked at the Youngstown Sheet & Tube Co. as a loader in the Butt Weld Shipping Department, which for a young suburbanite was a very enlightening experience.
      While working at Youngstown Sheet & Tube, he enrolled at Youngstown State University, pursuing a degree in Biology/Pre-Forestry.
      In 1972, he started his career at Boardman Township Park as a groundskeeper. While working at the park, he earned an associate’s degree in Natural Science from YSU and continued his academic career at YSU, earning a bachelor of science degree in Combined Science.
      Slagle was promoted to Assistant Superintendent of Boardman Park in 1988, with the primary responsibility of planning and overseeing the maintenance of the grounds and facilities. During his tenure as assistant superintendent he developed an extensive grounds maintenance and landscape programs, which included a comprehensive display of annual and perennial flowers, and a long-term tree planting and maintenance program, with emphasis on the preservation and re-establishment of native hardwoods. The realization of these programs has resulted in a widely acclaimed recognition as a Park that is beautifully landscaped and as the “Green Oasis” of the community.
      The Board of Park Commissioners appointed Slagle as the Superintendent/Clerk in June, 1992. His first project was to research and develop the first-ever master plan for the Park District.
      In the more than two decades since, 21 major improvements have evolved from the master plan, with a value of over $6.5 million.
      “The primary funding, 80 per cent, for these improvements has been donations of volunteer time, materials, and money, coupled with government grants,” Slagle notes.
      Since his appointment in 1992, Slagle has operated and maintained the park with a budget that is primarily funded by the same two 35-year old real property tax levies (three-tenths mills and sixth-tenths mills).
      In 2000, changes in the Ohio Revised Code, created the position of executive Director for a township park district and subsequently, the Park Board appointed Slagle as the executive director/clerk, acknowledging his exemplary service and dedication to Boardman Park over his tenure as superintendent
      Throughout his career at the Park District, he has developed and managed balanced budgets, and has increased the carryover cash balance from $47,000, in 1992 to $455,000 for fiscal year 2014, without the benefit of any additional real property tax levies. This was accomplished by developing internal revenue streams, e.g. program sponsorships, fees for the use of park facilities and successfully securing grants and private donations to subsidize capital improvements.
      Slagle, with the support of donations and grants improved the facilities making them more attractive and marketable, thereby increasing their popularity and subsequently generating substantial revenue. Currently, facility revenue represents approximately 20 per cent of the Park District’s annual income.
      The realization of the Master Plan has resulted in a unique and diverse footprint of recreational facilities and programs. This footprint has made Boardman Park one of the most popular recreational areas in the Mahoning Valley.
      In 2000, Boardman Park was selected as the host site from a four-county area by the Ohio Department of Natural Resources and the Office of Governor, when then Gov. Robert Taft awarded $560,000 in NatureWorks and Land and Water Conservation Fund grants to 13 public entities, with Boardman Park receiving a lions share of $131,122, for its West Quadrant Improvement project.
      Governor Taft in his presentation remarked “Boardman Park is one of the finest small parks in the state.”
      Slagle is a member of the Ohio Parks and Recreation Association and the National Recreation and Park Association. His civic involvement includes---Director and Past President of the Boardman Civic Association, member of the Boardman Rotary Club, past president of the Kiwanis Club of Uptown Youngstown; a co-chair of the Boardman Township Bicentennial Committee; past vestry member and chairman of the properties committee, St. John’s Episcopal Church; past president and life member Men’s Garden Club of Youngstown; Mahoning Valley Landscaping and Nursery Association.
      In 2000, he was awarded the Boardman Civic Association’s Community Service Award.
      In July, 1987, appropriately, he married wife Marilou in July of 1987 in St. James Meeting House in the park. They have two sons, Daniel, III (Dewey), and Tom, both avid backpackers, who hiked trails in 12 national parks last summer.
      When he is not working, Dan enjoys time with his family, shopping and landscaping with his lovely wife, sporting events and movies with his sons. He is an enthusiastic gardener, enjoys reading and photography.
      Boardman Park Under Slagle
       •Master Plan - Initiated, researched, designed, drafted, and successfully implemented the 1992 Master Plan for the park and the community it serves, which resulted in approximately $6.5 million in capital improvements, with the majority of the funds (approximately 80%) necessary for its success generated by the following revenue streams: local, state and federal grants; donations and sponsorships from individuals, businesses, and foundations; and the balance (approximately 20%) from the park’s capital budget. The completion of the Master Plan fostered the following recreational assets for the community:
       •Kids’ Town Creative Playground, Robert Leathers Community Built Concept constructed by more than 3000 volunteers.
       •Tot’s Town Playground, community built, initiated by local Realtor, John Burgan.
       •Maag Outdoor Arts Theatre.
       •Elton Beard Family Cabin, funded by an ODNR Nature Works Grant. Major contributor, Elton and Christina Beard.
       •Kenneth Hofmaster Pavilion, community built concept.
       •Hike & Bike Trail.
       •Main Septic system that eliminated an antiquated on-site Leech Bed system and the connection to a public sanitary system at the Shops at Boardman Park. Major contributors, David Handel and Chuck Bishara.
       •West Quadrant Improvements Project that included the Thomas C. Masters Pavilion w/restrooms, a 300-car lighted parking lot, and landscaping funded by a LWCF grant.
       •Two sand volleyball courts.
       •Practice tennis wall.
       •Acquisition of 35 acres of greenspace that increased the size of Boardman Park to 227 acres, with 40 acres of Open Space property located in seven areas of Boardman Township.
       •Renovation of Kids’ Town Playground with plastic lumber made from recycled materials, funded by a Green Team recycling grant.
       •Exterior renovation of St. James Meeting House.
       •Veterans Memorial project developed in conjunction with Boardman Trustee Elaine Mancini.
       •Historical Village Septic System that eliminated an on-site leech bed/holding tank system and the connection to a public sanitary system at the Shops at Boardman Park.
       •West Quadrant Phase II, including the Lariccia Family Bocce Pavilion, ADA accessible playground and the asphalt paving of the 300-car parking lot, funded by an ODNR NatureWorks Grant and ODNR Scrap Tire Grant for Paving of Parking Lot. Major contributor, Anthony Lariccia.
       •The Lariccia Family Community Center Phase I, the renovation and expansion of the 33-year old Community Center. Major contributors, Anthony Lariccia, Boardman Rotary Club, Kennedy Family Trust/SJK Trust, Helen Stambaugh.
       •Exterior renovation of the Oswald Detchon House, a local historic landmark.
       •North Trail project, an 8-foot wide paved ADA accessible walkway that travels parallel to the main drive in the park and connects all park facilities, as well as connecting to existing nature trail system, four miles of trails, funded by an ODNR Recreational Trail Grant
       •Renovation and expansion of the Georgeanna Parker Activity Center.
       •Marge Hartman’s Paws Town at Boardman Park, developed in conjunction with a non-profit committee, Friend of Paws Town, Inc., organized by Boardman Township Administrator Jason Loree and his wife, Abbey that led to the development of a 3.25-acre dog park, designed for dogs to exercise and play off-leash in a controlled environment under the supervision of their owners
       •Departmentalized maintenance operations, delineating daily duties and responsibilities; which resulted in more efficient and effective operations.
       •Web site and online reservations.
       •Military concerts and fireworks. Upon the completion of the Maag Outdoor Arts Theatre, initiated and established the annual Military Band Concerts and fireworks displays. He encouraged and eventually convinced the U.S. Army Field Band and Soldiers Chorus to perform at the park for the first time in 1996, and nurtured the relationship over the years to where the park is now part of their Summer schedule. Additionally, Slagle developed a relationship with the B.J. Alan Fireworks Co., headed by Boardman native Bruce Zoldan, where they are now one of the park’s annual sponsors.
       •Haunted Hay Rides and Family Night events.
       •Pepsi Vending and Donations. Under Slagle, Boardman Park initiated and implemented the placement of Pepsi vending machines within the park as a new revenue stream. As part of the Vending Machine agreement, Pepsi donated to Capital Projects (Maag Theatre, $6,000) and Kids’ Town awnings ($3,000) and a $1,000 annual sponsorship.
      Slagle initiated and negotiated the purchase of approximately three acres of Ohio Edison property adjacent to the Nevada Ave. substation in order to establish the Township Compost Site in a joint effort with former Boardman Township Road Superintendent Gary Dawson. During the process, Slagle discovered that a crucial piece of property measuring 50 feet by 500 feet that was part of the Davidson Family estate.
      Slagle researched the family records and found heirs to the estate living in Washington State, and with the help of Atty. Jack Amstutz, the heirs transferred ownership to Boardman Park for a nominal amount of money.
      Dan Slagle’s tenure in a leadership role at Boardman Park began when Boardman Trustees learned a former park director, John Holzbach, spent tens of thousands of public dollars to create his own, private nature library. Holzbach was quickly ousted upon the discovery, and Slagle took over.
      He has had a remarkable run leading the Boardman Park District and says to this day he has been fortunate to serve under Boards of Park Commissioners who have displayed sincere concerns for the park and the preservation of greenspace in the township.
      In 1972, when Slagle began his career at Boardman Park, serving as commissioners were Aty. Frank Mastriana, Atty. George Economus and Phil Prosser. Others who served on the park board during Slagle’s tenure are Tom Masters, Janie Jenkins, Mark Luke, Jack Russell, Gwen Smith, Dr. Robert Johnson and current commissioners Joyce Mistovich, Trent Cailor and Josh Zarlenga.
      “Most importantly, Boardman Park is about our community,” Slagle said this week. All of the improvements during his lengthy tenure have been the result of community involvement and gives the park a unique niche, where vounteerism and donations played such a key role in the development of Boardman Park that still operates essentially on the same funding as when it was created more than six decades ago.
  Boardman High School Marching Band Will Lead 37th Annual St. Pat’s Parade  
  March 5, 2015 Edition  
     The 37th Annual Mahoning Valley St. Patrick’s Day Parade will be held Sun., Mar. 15 beginning at 1:00 p.m. at Market St. and Roche Way and will proceed north on Market St. from to Southwoods Ave.
      “Boardman has proven to be an excellent venue for the Valley’s biggest parade. Sponsors of the Parade this year will again be the Mahoning Valley Irish Organizations, WFMJ TV-21 and the Vindicator. We are inviting you to join the Parade and 25,000 to 30,000 of the valley’s finest spectators to celebrate this family tradition,” says Casey Malone, parade director.
      The theme of the Parade this year is “For the Love of Erin”. Trophies for Best of Parade and Best Irish Theme will be awarded as well as 1st and 2nd Place. Trophies for Best Themed Float, Best Band, Best Pipe Band, Best Drum Line, Best Marching Unit, Best Novelty Unit and Best Color Guard. The trophies are awarded at the Post Parade Party held immediately following the parade at the Operating Engineers Hall on McClurg Road.
      Grand Marshal for this year’s parade is Dick Coughlin. The Ockerman Award recipient is Tom Eich, our Lord Mayor of Kilkenny is Boardman Police Chief Jack Nichols and the entire Boardman Township Police Department, The Cleary Award will honor Terry Brennan.
      The 2015 Parade will be dedicated to the memory of Past-President Timothy Mulholland.
      Leading the parade will be the Shamrock Balloon and the Boardman Spartan High School Marching Band, directed by Thomas Ruggieri.
      The Edward J. Reese Family Reviewing Stand will be near the north end of the march and located in front of Johnny’s Restaurant. Master of Ceremonies at the reviewing stand will be Casey Malone. The Shaffer Brothers will perform at the Post Parade Party where embattled Youngstown Mayor John McNally will serve as master of ceremonies.
      There will be seven bands in this year’s parade including the South Range Marching Band, the Ursuline Marching Band, YSU Pete and Penny and the YSU Band, the Steel City Ambassadors, and the Red Hackle Pipes and Drums.
      There will also be novelty units including the Aut Mori Grotto Clowns, the Captain Thomas W. Patton Camp 2021 Sons of the Confederate Veterans, the Llucky Llamas 4-H Club, the Mahoning Valley Olde Car Club, the Beaver Creek Horseman’s Association, the Struthers Little Wildcats and the Youngstown Phantom’s Hockey Team.
      All totled, there wil be approximately 150 units in the this years parade.
  Gretta Knows...... ...enjoy the season you’re in  
  March 5, 2015 Edition  
     Woof to you my friends! My dog senses are heightened as I am picking up a little discontentment over the snow and cold temperatures you have been receiving. Many of my heavenly dog pals up here have barked, that they would trade places with you for a day to just be able to feel the snow under their paws, to run and jump and bite the snow one more time! I remember how much easier it was to see the squirrels against the snow, and how much I yelped to go out and try once again to catch that little guy. I never gave up and each time I was released I’d end up at the base of a tree and that squirrel would be way up high on a branch looking down at me, probably snickering that I failed to catch him once again.
      The clocks will change this weekend and spring will be here before you know it. Each season has a beauty all its own, and yes troubles of its own. So often we keep focused on the rough spots and forget to notice the beauty each season has to give. Kinda like life. I have observed that humans seem to allow the business of every day life to overwhelm them and they often neglect to notice the beauty of each season they are in.
      In Ecclesiastes 3:1-8 we are reminded that for everything there is a season, and a time for every season under heaven. There is a shield up here in doggy heaven that hangs on one of the large oak trees. It is edged in sparkling gold, and it portrays these words from Ecclesiastes, for every dog and cat that passes by. It’s a reminder that God makes everything beautiful in its own time.
      One thing that is for sure is that us dogs take the moments as they come. We are very accepting and don’t allow little things to stand in the way of our joy. We find the greatest happiness in the small things. If you could see inside a dogs mind you would know that we are rather simple in how we look at you, our caregivers, and the world around us.
      Dogs live in the now. We only care about the relationship we have with our masters, what’s in our hearts, not our egos.
      Dogs are always there for their masters. They will always be at your side. They love you unconditionally.
      Dogs don’t care if their dog bed is the most expensive or just a blanket on the floor or that their master’s car is the biggest and newest, hey riding in a car with the windows down is what matters! The times we remember and cherish are the moments spent sharing love. Love is all that matters.
      Dogs don’t hold back their love until they know if you love them. We just give our love and don’t worry about what we might get back in return. Although, a dog will never refuse a biscuit.
      Dogs can be left alone all day, even neglected but will always forgive and accept a belly rub without question. Time is not measured, we can’t tell time, the quality of time is what matters most to us.
      Dogs are excited and joyful whenever their masters come home after a long day, when you want to go for a walk, when you want to play ball, or even if you want to just lay on the couch and watch TV, we’ll be there.
      Well, I see a group of my heavenly pals coming up the meadow path. It’s time for me to go and play and let my fur down! I’ll leave you with one more thought, “Wag more, Bark less”!
      As I join my heavenly pals, our bodies wiggle uncontrollably with the joy of seeing each other once again. We all take off running through the meadow, our noses in the air....and as always our tails are ‘awaggin.
  Annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade  
  Grand Marshal Coughlin:   February 26, 2015 Edition  
     When the 35th annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade runs its course down Market St. on Sun., Mar. 15 at 1:00 p.m., leading the ensemble of floats, crazies, marchers and politicians will be Grand Marshal Dick Coughlin.
      Coughlin is no stranger to the St. Pat’s Parade. He is a past recipient of the Bill Ockerman Award that recognizes outstanding contributions to the parade.
      A retired mail carrier, Coughlin is know widely known as the owner of the House of Erin, 5136 Southern Blvd. in Boardman. The House of Erin was first opened in 1995 and is the area’s only, authentic Irish gift shop.
      Also in the lead positions in this year’s parade will be Boardman Police Chief Jack Nichols, as Lord Mayor of Kilkenny, while Tom Eich is this year’s Ockerman Award recipient; and the Cleary Awards will honor Terry Brennan.
      The 37th annual parade, recognized as one of the largest St. Pat’s parades in Ohio, will be dedicated to the memory of past president Timothy Mulholland.
      Master of ceremonies for the event will be local television personality Casey Malone.
      Joyce Kale-Pesta is president of the Mahoning Valley St. Patrick’s Day Parade Committee. Other members of the committee include Malone, director; Robb Kale, treasurer; Sharon Sabatka, secretary; and Jason Calinger, head marshal.
      Parade committee members are Tom Butler, Terry Brennan, Joe Calinger, Pat Chrystal, Marilyn Carroll, Julaine Gilmartin, James ‘Muggsy’ McGuinness, Dolly Milick, John Sheridan, Mary Jane Venitti and Grant Williams.
      Serving as parade marshals are Jack Filak, Bill Leskovec, Paul Dolak, Jason Calinger, Ted Stipanovich, Tony Barbessi, Tim Philibin, Anthony Sabatka, Terry Coyle, Mike Cook, Brian Kelly, Matt Hlebak, Joe Illencik III, Doug Sherl, Joe Illencik Sr., Mike Timlin, Gus Gustafson, Lenny Sefcik, Ed Maloney, Jim Doran, Ray Kelly IV, Tom Eich, Tim Kelly, John Eich, Anthony Wanio and Rob Pappas.
      The St. Patrick’s Parade will begin at the Boardman Township Government Center, Market St. at Roche Way, to Market St. at Southwoods Dr. Annually, upwards of 20,000 to 25,000 people line the roadway to watch the event. Theme of this year’s parade is For The Love of Erin.
  BHS Winter Concert Mar. 4  
  February 26, 2015 Edition  
     The Winter Concert of the Boardman High School Bands will be held Wed., Mar. 4, at 7:00 p.m. at the Boardman Performing Arts Center.
      The concert will feature the combined Freshman/Concert Band, Symphonic Band, and Wind Ensemble as well as the Percussion Ensemble and Reverse Osmosis (RVO). Musical selections will include: “Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory,” “Oye Como Va,” “Pevensey Castle,” “Legends in the Mist,” Arabesque,” “Light Cavalry Overture,” and “St. Louis Blues.”
      The Percussion Ensemble will open the concert with “Jazz Variants,” a piece the group performed at the recent Ohio Music Educators Association Solo and Ensemble competition. The band’s newest ensemble, RVO, is a sax/brass/percussion octet inspired by a New York subway and street performing group. RVO will perform a sax quartet piece called “Fallout.”
      Also performing at the concert will be senior soloist Francesca Clause on oboe. She will be accompanied by the Wind Ensemble as she performs two movements of the Oboe Concerto in C minor by Alessandro Marcello.
      Miss Clause is a student of Loyal B. Mould who was one a band director in the Boardman Schools many years ago. In addition to being the principal chair oboist in the BHS Wind Ensemble and Symphony Orchestra, Miss Clause played clarinet in the Spartan Marching Band and Theater Orchestra, and tenor sax in Jazz Ensemble 3. She will pursue a degree in music at Youngstown State University in the fall.
      The concert will allow the Symphonic Band and Wind Ensemble to perform the music they are preparing for OMEA District 5 Large Group Adjudicated Event. High school concert bands from northeast Ohio will perform three selections for judges, then play a piece they have never seen before for a separate judge. The judges issue ratings based on five levels of performance criteria. Boardman Bands consistently earn superior and excellent ratings each year. The Wind Ensemble is one of only two groups in District 5 entering in Class AA which requires the most difficult music. Symphonic Band performs in Class C. The event takes place at Howland High School on Fri., Mar. 6
      Donations of $3/adults and $2/students will be accepted at the door for the Mar. 4 concert. Senior citizens will be admitted free of charge.
      The Boardman bands are under the direction of Thomas M. Ruggieri, Timothy P. Tuite, Steven C. Chambers, and Michael J. Shevock.
  Goodwill Antique and Collectible Auction  
  March 6 at Stambaugh Auditorium:   February 26, 2015 Edition  
     The Junior Group of Goodwill Antique and Collectible Auction will be held at Stambaugh Auditorium on Fri., Mar. 6. Items will include three sets of boxing gloves autographed by James ‘Buster’ Douglas, Ray ‘Boom Boom’ Mancini and Kelly ‘The Ghost Pavlik, a Bernie Kosar autographed Cleveland Browns football, a Jeff Wilkins and Paul McFadden autographed YSU football, a Jim Tressel and Bo Pelini autographed YSU football, and a John Cooper autographed OSU football.
      The Friday evening gala features a jewelry sale, live auction of new items, Chinese auction, silent auction, a vintage clothing sale, gift card tree raffle and basket raffle. Other items to be auctioned off include a ride on the Goodyear Blimp, Ohio State football tickets, an Ohio State pub table set from Gasser Chair, Disney tickets, a tandem skydiving jump and more.
      Tickets are $25/person and available until Mon., Mar. 2 at or at the Goodwill offices on Belmont Avenue in Liberty.
      For additional information contact Goodwill’s marketing department at 330-759-7921 ext. 1207.
  Boardman Lions Club Night At The Races  
  Mar. 7 at Operating Engineers Hall:   February 26, 2015 Edition  
      The Boardman Lions Club will hold its 17th annual Night at the Races Fundraiser Mar.7, 2015 at the Operating Engineers Hall on McClurg Rd., in Boardman.
      The $10 entrance fee includes an all-you-can-eat buffet sponsored by several area restaurants, beer and a variety of non-alcoholic beverages.
      Doors will open at 6:00 p.m. with races beginning at 7:00. Tickets can be purchased at the door the night of the event.
      The evening will also feature a Basket Raffle and Silent Auction with baskets donated from a variety of area restaurants, specialty shops and events.
      Proceeds from this fundraiser will be used to support the following projects: The 7th Annual Coats for Kids Project, Eye Glass Purchase and Eye Exams for needy Boardman Children and Adults, Maintenance of Flower Gardens for Boardman Welcome Signs, Two Scholarships for Boardman Seniors and the Purchase of Trees for 4th Grade Students.
      To learn more about the Boardman Lions Club and Night at the Races, please visit
  Moliterno Will Seek Third Term As Trustee  
  February 19, 2015 Edition  
     Boardman Township Trustee Larry Moliterno will seek re-election to a third, four-year term in Nov., 2015, he announced this week. He was first elected to office in Nov., 2007.
      “Following the strong encouragement of Boardman residents, I am honored to seek another term as Boardman Township Trustee,” Moliterno said. “I want to continue to work diligently with my colleagues to ensure a strong Boardman for the next generation of our residents and their families.”
      In making his announcement, Moliterno noted that beginning with his first term in 2008, he focused on his pledge to restore confidence in Boardman and its leadership.
      With the election of Trustees Brad Calhoun and Tom Costello in 2010, all three trustees, along with Fiscal Officer Bill Leicht, have worked as a team to fulfill their commitment to the community under the banner of “Do what is best for Boardman.’
      Moliterno cites many accomplishments during his tenure as trustee:
       •Initiated and maintained an integrated strategic plan for Boardman Township.
       •Initiated utility aggregation programs saving residents dollars on their gas and electric bills.
       •Created the ABC Water District that could lead to the completion of many infrastructure projects.
       •Re-established a strong relationship with Boardman Local Schools and Boardman Park.
       •Instituted Community Day, to held and create a sense of community pride.
       •Established a joint paving contract with local communities, saving dollars
       •Restored Police staffing at the police department as well as the Juvenile Diversion program
       •Helped to support the Boardman Local School Television Network as a community resource.
       •Re-established involvement in the Mahoning County Land Bank.
       •Initiated a demolition program to proactively address an emerging blight issue.
       •Developed a landlord registration program to protect tenants and improve property values.
       •Restructured the Zoning Department to include planning initiatives such as a rezoning process that will protect the integrity of local neighborhoods.
       •Embraced a culture of collaboration, teamwork and transparency essential to ensure effective and efficient local government
      Moliterno, who is CEO of Merdian Services, will host a campaign kickoff event on Wed., Mar. 11 from 4:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at the Holiday Inn in Boardman.
  Boardman PTSA Art Winners  
  February 19, 2015 Edition  
     The Boardman Parent Teacher Student Association (PTSA) announces the winners of its annual Reflections Contest. Theme for this year’s contest was “The world would be a better place if . . . .”
      Students were able to enter in the following categories: Visual Arts, Photography, Film Production, Dance Choreography, and Literature. High school winners were as follows: Visual Arts -- first place, Makenzie Packo; second place, Anna Sherman; third place, Nadine Gabriel; honorable mention, Annabelle Adkins. Photography -- first place, Erica Shirilla; second place, Molly Slater; third place, Mariah Ricciardi; honorable mention, Madeline Hubert. Film Production -- first place, Genesis Speller. Dance Choreography -- first place, Hannah Brewer. Literature -- first place, John Anzevino; second place, Bryan Kordupel; third place, Briana Lytle; honorable mention, Maria Serra.
  Mooney Sets YES Fest  
  February 19, 2015 Edition  
     On Thurs., Mar. 5, Cardinal Mooney High School will hold their 2nd annual YES Fest. YES Fest promotes the idea of living a life that is drug and alcohol free. Students will listen to two different speakers, as well as talk with different local agencies on how they can volunteer to help out in the community. The Yes Fest will begin at 8:15 a.m. and conclude at 10:45 a.m. Students will meet in the auditorium and then go to the gymnasium to meet with the different vendors.
  YWCA Dance-A-Thon  
  February 19, 2015 Edition  
     The YWCA of Youngstown is seeking participants for a Dance-a-thon to be held from 4 to 9 p.m. Sat., Mar. 7 at the YWCA of Youngstown, 25 W. Rayen Ave.
      Two people or more may form a team. Also needed are dance groups interested in performing. Individuals and spectators are welcome, as well.
      The cost is $15 per person for team captain and members, $20 for individuals and $8 for spectators. Team Captains must be age 18 or older. The event is open to those age 8 and older.
      Included in the event are door prizes, themed music, prizes, Dance-a-thon T-shirts, goodie bags, refreshments, a best dressed team prize, and basket raffles. Four one-hour nonstop dance sessions will be interspersed with performances by professional and cultural dance groups.
      Visit for more information. Call 330-746-6361, ext. 112 to register or for details. The deadline to register is Feb. 24.
  School Board Updates Policy On Food Standards  
  ‘The school district encourages students to form healthy eating habits’:   February 5, 2015 Edition  
     Meeting last week, the Boardman Board of Education updated its Food Sale Standards policy first approved in May, 2006.
      The policy says under its food service program, the [school district] “encourages students to form healthy eating habits by governing the types of food and beverages sold in the schools, and the time and place at which each type of food and beverage is sold.”
      Those standards, according to the school board, are based on the following guidelines:
      The types of food and beverages sold in the schools are determined by their potential to contribute significantly to the:
       •Daily nutritional needs of students, consistent with the guidelines established by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA),
       •Provisions of the Boardman Local School District’s student wellness program, and
       •Nutritional guidelines established by state law.
      The Food Sale Standards requires that a licensed dietitian, registered dietetic technician or a certified/credentialed school nutrition specialist must be initially consulted to assist the food supervisor in drafting for board adoption a plan
       •For complying with and enforcing the nutritional standards governing the types of food and beverages that may be sold on school premises in compliance with state law, and
       •Specifying the time and place each type of food or beverage may be sold.
      The Food Sale Standards requires the time of day and place for the sale of food and beverages to students “must be consistent with the nutrient intake needs and eating patterns of students and compatible with class schedules.”
      According to the policy, the following restrictions are enforced for non-breakfast-lunch food and beverage sales:
       •Foods and beverages that do not meet the nutritional standards established by the Boardman Local School District in accordance with USDA guidelines may not be sold during the school day. The school board reserves the right to totally restrict the sale of non-nutritional food and beverages in vending machines.
       •Bake sales and other school fund-raising activities involving food and beverage items may not be held during the school day.
      The Food Sale Standards policy requires that annually, the food services supervision will review and recommend to the school board the types of foods and beverages to be sold as part of the school breakfast and lunch programs.
      The policy also notes separate standards my be established for the types of food and beverages to be sold to staff members and for events held outside the school day.
      In other matters last week, the school board approved the 2015-2016 school calendar. It calls for the first day of school on Mon., Aug. 31. Final day of classes will be June 7, 2016. The 2015-16 calendar includes 178 student days of instruction, two conference days and four professional days.
      The board accepted the following resignations:
      Carol Bonte, Robinwood Lane secretary, effective June 30, 2015, retirement; Shelly Winebold, Robinwood Lane noon-time monitor, effective Dec. 31, 2014; Vincent Carevale, Glenwood Middle head football coach; Scott Lenhart, Glenwood Middle assistant track coach.
      A parental leave of absence was granted to Toni Acevedo, from Jan. 20 through Jan. 30.
      An extension of an unpaid medical leave of absence was granted to Kathryn Carnie, from Jan. 26 through Feb. 10.
      David Anderson was granted a limited contract as a cleaning attendant at Boardman High School, replacing Virginia Mannion.
      Gale Douglas Blue II was also granted a limited contract as a cleaning attendant at Boardman High School, replacing Michael Lascola.
      The school board approved the employment of a substitute teacher to work with small groups of high school “at risk” sophomore, plus juniors and seniors who have not passed one of more sections of the Ohio Graduation Test. The substitute will be employed for a maximum of 19 days, from Feb. 17 through Mar. 13.
      School Board members Fred Davis, Kim Poma, John Landers, Mark Fulks and Vickie Davis approved a resolution honoring the Boardman Rotary Club for its efforts “in the collection and distribution of food baskets to approximately 50 Boardman families.”
  Car Break-Ins Here Tied To Gang Of Thieves Operating In 34 States  
  Group Has Targeted Parking Lots At The Davis Family YMCA, Boardman Park:   February 5, 2015 Edition  
     Boardman Local School District Security Supervisor, Ptl. Paul Poulos, of the Boardman Police Department, has issued a warning to motorists who leave their cars in parking lots to be aware they could be being stalked by an organized gang of identity thieves who operate throughout the United States.
      “Boardman police officers working in conjunction with agencies from multiple cities and states have identified several members of a larger group of suspects known as the ‘Felony Lane Gang.’ These individuals are serious identity fraud/theft perpetrators that harvest their information through breaking into automobiles,” Poulos informed staffers in the local school district, noting the gang often targets school parking lots.
      “We know they have struck in the Boardman YMCA parking lot (on McClurg Rd.), as well as the Boardman Township Park in the last six months,” Poulos said.
      The gang often targets vehicles that have purses or other bags visible,” Poulos warned.
      Last June after several reported car break-ins in Boardman Park, authorities learned identities stolen here were eventually used in New York City to cash stolen checks.
      Police sources also believe the gang staged several car break-ins on Jan. 4 at Boardman Park, as well as the D.D. and Velma Davis Family YMCA.
      Again, identities stolen in those break-ins have been traced to other cities, including Cleveland.
      “Arrests were made in the Cleveland area of known members, and when caught, they were in possession of items from our Boardman victims,” Officer Poulos said.
      “It appears, based on very recent incidents in Cleveland and other areas, that they are finding success in school parking lots, with a particular effort to target staff parking lots,” Poulos said.
      The officer described the gang’s primary mode of operation as finding vehicles that are unlocked, or locked that have purses and other bags visible. Primarily they look for adult female identification.
      “They will break auto glass to get to a bag or purse. Additionally, they have used observation vehicles to watch over their ‘lieutenants’ who actually do the scouting and breaking-in of the vehicles,” Poulos said. Authorities have labeled the theft ‘grab and dash’ crimes.
      According to the officer, there has been at least one incident where ‘lieutenants’ engaged responding police officers with gunfire.
      Officer Poulos warns the public not to approach any suspects if someone sees their vehicle being broken into.
      “Call 9-1-1 immediately,” the officer advised.
      Law enforcement officials say the Felony Lane Gang had it origins in Ft. Lauderdale, Fla. and began to get national attention in 2013. One local law enforcement official said the gang perhaps operated here as early as 2013.
      Today the gang is believed to be operating in at least 34 states with upwards of 100 ‘platoons’ organized to stage car break-ins and identity thefts. The gang frequently uses drug-addicted women to cash stolen checks.
      How It Works
      In 2013, a description of the gang was provided in a Columbia, South Carolina report.
      “The male ring leaders of the group are mainly from the Ft. Lauderdale and Miami areas. They recruit females who are responsible for cashing stolen checks for a small percentage of the profits, which is normally 10 per cent. Many of the females have past convictions of prostitution.
      “As the group arrives in the targeted area, the men immediately start breaking into cars looking for pocket books, checks, drivers licenses and credit cards. They target vehicles at health clubs, tanning salons, amusement parks, and sporting events, specifically looking for vehicles where wallets, purses and shopping bags are left in plain site.
      “Once the men have broken into numerous vehicles, they start molding the female gang members to look like the stolen victim’s identity; coloring their hair, purchasing wigs, and wearing large sun glasses.
      “The gang members then transport the females to the local banks where they will present the victim’s driver’s license and a stolen second party check.”
      Fraud investigators say the gang will use the farthest lane out in the drive thru, which is what they now call the ‘felony lane.’
      “If you’re right there, close to the teller in the first lane, the teller might be able to tell you have a wig on or you don’t match the identification. But if you’re in that far lane, and you’ve got more cars in between you, you might not pay as much attention,” one law enforcement official said.
      Investigators believe the gang can generating over $12,000 a day while cashing stolen checks.
      “You’re looking at car break-ins that most would look at as not a serious crime but as you start to look at and calculate the amount of money, the amount of damages people have suffered, it does start to effect the quality of life,” the law enforcement official said.
      Task Force
      The Felony Lane Gang has reportedly drawn attention from law enforcement officials across the country, including the FBI. A task force involving upwards of 92 agencies, as well as the FBI and financial institutions has been formed. In an effort to track movements of its various platoons, special computer software has been designed to track the crimes.
      Key gang members travel across the country, do not live in the areas where crimes are committed, and are unconnected to their mainly female recruits. That means they are not generally known to local agencies.
      Investigators believe the Felony Lane Gang is responsible for the theft of tens of millions of dollars.
      Around The Country
      Last Thurs., Jan. 29, police in Macedonia, Oh. arrested two women accused of be part of the Felony Lane Gang. They are each being held on $100,000 bail.
      Angelica Varela, 19, of Milwaukee, Wis., and Patricia Fromen, 46, of Ft. Lauderdale, Fla, face charges of stealing dozens of identities in Ohio and cashing thousands of dollars in checks stolen from cars.
      “These people...averaged about $20,000 per day on the fraudulent checks,” Macedonia police Sgt. Ken Turley said.
      Police departments around the state are trying to determine if there is a link between these most recent arrests and a rash of stolen purses from unlocked cars in Cincinnati, Dayton, Columbus, Toledo, Boardman Township and Findley.
      Apr. 28, 2012
       PLATT COUNTY, MISSOURI---A gang from Florida referred to as the Felony Lane Gang was held responsible in numerous thefts from automobiles and forgeries occurring throughout the Midwest, as well as other parts of the country
      In Platte County, prosecutors charged Laura Jane Smith, 37, with forgery linked to this group that was allegedly committing similar offenses of forgery in Kansas, Missouri, Iowa, Wisconsin and Indiana. Smith’s last known address was located in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. She was held in jail on a $10,000 bond.
      Oct. 08, 2013
       COLUMBIA, SOUTH CAROLINA---Eight members of the so-called Felony Lane Gang were been arrested.
      Mar. 7, 2014
       HOUSTON, TEXAS---Houston police said five members of the so-called Felony Lane Gang werere charged with engaging in organized criminal activity. Police said following the arrests, a search of the group’s motel room turned up various forms of personal information belonging to between 10 and 49 different people. Detectives said they also found disguises they believe were used when trying to cash stolen checks.
      Apr 24, 2014
       MERRIMACK, NEW HAMPSHIRE---Police in New Hampshire warn the public about the highly organized Felony Lane Gang getting away with millions of dollars in thefts.
      Jan. 5, 2015
       WESTFIELD, INDIANA---A gang of thieves with roots in Florida has been hitting victims across the country, including dozens of people in Westfield, Indiana. The so-called Felony Lane Gang has sparked copycat criminals all over the United States.
  Police Probe Break-In At ‘Smoke’ Shop  
  January 29, 2015 Edition  
     Boardman police are investigating a break-in on Jan. 17 at Pipe Dreamz, 5020 Market St. The company sells a variety of alternative smoking items and herbal products. One such product is known as kratom, said to be illegal/banned in Australia, Finland, Malaysia, Myanmar and Thailand.
      During the break-in at Pipe Dreamz, Ptl. Heather Dobbins reported more than a dozen bags of Maeng Da Kratom valued at an estimated $425 had been stolen. As well, police were told that $3000 in cash was missing.
      The business moved after the break-in and is now located at a strip plaza at 4605 Market St. However, Pipe Dreamz is tucked away on a side street of the plaza, along Shadyside Dr.
      Investigation of the break-in, according to police, indicates an employee may have been captured on a surveillance video in the early-morning hours of Jan. 17.
      Officer Dobbins identified the owner of the business as Michael Husain, 42, of 340 East Liberty St., Wooster, Oh. According to public records, a Michael Husain is listed as the incorporator for Habebe Ayat LLC, located at 340 East Liberty St., in Wooster.
      Husain is also listed at the incorporator for Pipe Dreamz LLZ, also of 340 East Liberty St., Wooster; as well as Ohio M&M Oil Inc., of 375 North Main St., Munroe Falls, Oh.
      Husain told Officer Dobbins he had problems with an employee whom he placed on ‘leave.’
      Husain told police that employee was seen on a surveillance video near 3:00 a.m. on Jan. 17 entering a side door. Two minutes later, the suspect exited the business, Officer Dobbins reported.
      Husain and another employee, identified as Shaina Rochford, told police that even though the suspect wore a mask, they both immediately recognized the suspect.
      “They stated they knew his clothing and the way he walked,” Officer Dobbins said.
      Husain told police he would give them a copy of the video.
      Boardman Township officials, including in the police and zoning departments, indicate they have little knowledge of kratom.
      What Is Kratom?
      According to a variety of source gleaned from the web, kratom is a tree native to Southeast Asia (Thailand, Malaysia and Myanmar). Its botanical name is mitragyna speciosa. The leaves of kratom have been used as an herbal drug from time immemorial by tribes of southeast Asia. It is used as a stimulant (in low doses), sedative (in high doses), recreational drug, pain killer, medicine for diarrhea, and treatment for opiate addiction.
      The Effects of Kratom
      In low doses (10 grams) it induces mild euphoria and reduces fatigue. Low doses do not interfere with most ordinary activities, however, one should not drive or perform other activities that require full attention. With strong doses (20-50 grams) the effects are profoundly euphoric and immensely pleasurable. Typically, people describe the effects as dreamy, ecstatic, and blissful. Many people experience closed-eye visualizations. Strong doses must only be used when one is able to devote several hours to the experience itself.
      Is Kratom Legal In The Uinted States?
      Confusion has abounded on the matter of the legal status of Kratom within the United States. Some sources will tell you that Kratom is a narcotic and should be illegal to buy or use. Others will tell you that Kratom is entirely legal as it is not a controlled substance. This matter is made further complex by the presence of local state laws that may impose different restrictions from those set out by the Federal government. At present, there is an ongoing push for stricter legislation on Kratom by some parties in the US, while others are urgently trying to spread the word on the benefits of this natural herb for health and mental well-being.
      A summer intern at the Koffel Law Firm in Columbus, Oh., Connor Roe, opined in 2013 “The DEA claims that kratom is an addictive stimulant despite numerous studies that contradict that statement. Even though this agency claims that it is dangerous, it is not even controlled under the Controlled Substances Act.”
      Some kratom distributors promote the substance as “the herbal remedy of choice used...for pain and other therapeutic uses such as anxiety, diarrhea, fatigue and mental instability. Kratom eliminates pain like a prescription pain medicine would and acts as a natural, euphoric muscle relaxer. Sometimes slightly stimulating, other times nicely sedating.”
      However, one company says on their packaging of kratom, “this product has not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. It is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, mitigate or prevent any disease.”
      A Jan., 2013 Drug & Chemical Evaluation by the Drug Enforcement Administration Office of Diversion Control said that “there is no legitimate medical use for kratom in the United States.”
      According to the DEA evaluation, “Kratom consumption can lead to addiction,” and lists effects of long-term kratom use such as anorexia, weight loss, insomnia, skin darkening, dry mouth, frequent urination and constipation, in addition to a withdrawal syndrome consisting of “symptoms of hostility, aggression, emotional liability, wet nose, achy muscles and bones and jerky movement of the limbs.
      “Furthermore, several cases of kratom psychosis were observed, where kratom addicts exhibited psychotic symptoms that included hallucinations, delusion and confusion,” according to the evaluation.
      On the Pipe Dreamz web site, there is an icon a viewer can click on for kratom.
      Reaching that site, the following disclaimer can be found:
      “ is an authorized distributor of the finest brands of kratom. The herbal products on this website have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. These products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease. Products on this website should not be misused. Customers must be over 18 years of age to purchase kratom or any other products from this website. To buy kratom or place an ethnobotanical order you must agree to this disclaimer. By placing an order, you are agreeing to the above disclaimer. Kratom and ethnobotanical articles and reviews are for entertainment purposes only.”
      An Illinois criminal defense attorney, Matt Keenan, says as of Jan. 1, 2015, anyone underr 18 cannont sell or possess kratom.
      “As of Jan. 1, 2015, children under age 18 may not sell or possess any product containing the herbal drug kratom. Kratom is derived from...a tree native to Thailand. Its effects are similar to morphine or opium,” Keenan said.
  Hospice Mardi Gras Will Be Held Feb. 14 At Mr. Anthony’s  
  January 29, 2015 Edition  
     Hospice of the Valley will present the 14th annual Mardi Gras Party on Sat., Feb. 14 at Mr. Anthony’s, 7440 South Ave
      Doors open at 6:30 p.m. with champagne and hors d’ouvres. Featured at the event will be a silent auction including vacation packages, unique gift items, game tickets and autographed memorabilia, as well as gifts from local merchants and a bag auction. There will be dancing to Total Package and DJ Bryan Ladd, a 50/50 raffle, psychic readings, Mardi Gras store and more! Honorary chairs for the event are John and Denise York and the DeBartolo Corporation, and Elba and Shorty Navarro and the Stadium GM Superstore.
      Admission for the evening’s festivities is $100/person. Sponsorship tables remain available.
      All of the proceeds benefit Hospice of the Valley and their mission to provide comfort and compassionate care to those at the end of life as well as support for their families, doing so since 1979.
      For information regarding Hospice of the Valley and their services, the Mardi Gras or to purchase 50/50 raffle tickets, call Liz McGarry, Hospice Development Director, at 330-788-1992.
  Potential Development Annual Pizza Cook-Off At Mr. Anthony’s Mar. 8  
  January 29, 2015 Edition  
     Potential Development will present the 6th Annual Mahoning Valley Cook-Off fundraiser on Sun., Mar. 8 from 4:00 to 7:00 p.m. at Mr. Anthony’s, 7440 South Ave., Boardman.
      The Mahoning Valley’s finest pizza establishments will donate thier time and talent to present you their tastiest pizzas and compete in a contest for the 2015 title of ‘Maestro Di Cucina’.
      Fun for the entire family with hands-on-art activities, live and silent auctions and a basket raffle and cash bar.
      Tickets are $15 per person and includes 3 pizza slices. Additional pizza is available at $1 per slice. Children under 5 are free! Reserved tables are $175 and includes 10 tickets.
      To buy tickets and reserve tables call Shellie at 330-746-7641 or online at To become a sponsor, place a program ad or make an auction donation
      The 2015 Title Sponsor of the 6th Annual Mahoning Valley Cook-Off is Simon Roofing. Additional sponsors include: Compco Industries, Salem Columbiana Chrysler Jeep Dodge, FortyTwo Event Production, 33 WYTV News, Print Factory, Jet Creative Productions and Mix 98.9.
      Proceeds to benefit the Potential Development Program/School of Autism, 290 W. Woodland Ave., Youngstown. Potential Development believes a child’s potential develops best in a structured environment with individualized educational plans designed for each unique student. This is achieved through ample resources and strong partnerships between parents, caretakers and our educated, caring and qualified staff. For more information call 330-746-7641 or email
  Cardinal Mooney Principal ‘Forced’ Out Of His Job  
  January 22, 2015 Edition  
      forced out of his job last week, setting-off a firestorm in which, as of Wednesday, the Diocese of Youngstown had offered no comment.
      According to a variety of sources, Young was told last Thursday at 2:00 p.m. by Fr. Gerald DeLucia, president of Mooney High School Board of Directors, that he had to retire or resign. Young, a veteran educator with more than 40 years experience in public and parochial education, refused that offer.
      Issues with the management of Cardinal Mooney apparently surfaced last year when Young was offered a position of director of alumni relations. He refused that offer, The Boardman News was told.
      Last fall, an internal study on the management of the school was completed and reportedly concluded there were lapses in leadership, and perhaps discipline. That study reportedly came after Bishop George Murry, head of the Diocese of Youngstown, had been informed by Young in October of personnel issues within the administrative offices of Mooney High School, more specifically with an assistant principal.
      Young became Mooney principal in May, 2011, following the retirement of Sr. Jane Marie Kudlacz. Prior to that, Young served as principal at Liberty High School.
      “All I can say is that man’s heart was with Cardinal Mooney,” said one member of the school’s board of directors.
      Another long-time Mooney associate commented “his removal is quite disappointing and leads to unfounded speculation.”
      A variety of sources, all long-time Cardinal Mooney supporters, suggest since his appointment, Young was frequently undermined by one of two assistant principals at the school, Joanne Carney Smith.
      “She often complained to the diocese,” The Boardman News was told.
      According to the sources, Young was criticized for being inside the cafeteria with students during lunch time, and had also been criticized for bringing his camera to Mooney events, or to school and taking pictures of students who earned academic recognition.
      “They took his camera away from him,” one person exclaimed.
      He was, during his tenure, one of the best public relations agents that Cardinal Mooney could have hoped for.
      Young has told several people “They forced me out.”
      Yet another source charged that Bishop Murry really wasn’t aware of what was happening to Young and the moves to undercut his position.
      According to several people, a student protest in support of Young, organized by parents at the school, was set for Tues., Jan. 20.
      In a letter to students, signed by DeLucia, announcement of Young ‘suddenly’ leaving the school was made without mentioning his name, instead informing that assistant principal Mark Vollmer, would serve as acting principal of the school through the end of the current school year.
      Dated Jan. 15, the letter to parents and guardians read “Effective today, Mark Vollmer will assume the duties of interim principal for the remained of the school year. Please provide to Mark your support and cooperation as he assumes these new responsibilities. A search for a new principal for the 2015-16 school year will begin next week.”
      Under terms of a separation agreement, Young is not allowed to talk about leaving Cardinal Mooney High School.
      Young has served as a mentor for many school administrators throughout Mahoning and Trumbull Counties and early in January was named to the Professional Education Council at Youngstown State University. The council is the governing body for all professional education programs at Youngstown State.
  Mannozzi Posts Olympic Trials 50k Qualifying Time  
  January 22, 2015 Edition  
      On Dec. 14, Boardman native Michael Mannozzi had toed the line in Santee (Greater San Diego), Calif. with the top men and women walkers in the Unite States, along with Olympians and national team members from Ecuador, Sweden, Mexico and Canada for the USA 50k Race Walking National Championships.
      The 50km is the longest footrace in the Olympic Games.
      Mannozzi moved his way up the field and was in sixth place by the 30k mark of the race.
      He said he began thinking about his roots and various struggles in Boardman, all of which led him to that moment in the race and helped him to endure the pain and suffering that the 50km inflicts.
      Mannozzi finished fourth among the American men which is his highest finish (ranking) in the USA at an Olympic distance. In 2012, he finished fifth at the USA Olympic trials in the 20k and ninth in the 50k respectively.
      His finish in San Diego qualifies him for the 2016 Olympic trials in the 50km distance. Only the top 18 in the entire USA bettering a time of 4 hours and 45 minutes (4:45) are invited to compete in the Olympic Trials. In San Diego, Mannozzi walked a 4:32.14 (a 8:46/5:27 mile/kilometer pace), which is a personal best by 9 minutes and 14 seconds in the 50k distance. This pace would put him in the top half of finishers of almost any marathon...walking!
      As a result of his lifetime best performance in the 50km, Mannozzi has been named to the USA Pan-Am Cup Team and he will compete in Chile this May. He is also the alternate to the Pan-Am Games team which will take place in July in Toronto, Canada.
      Just 13 days after the 50k, Mannozzi and his coach, Stafford Whalen, decided that he could race in Rochester, New York, where he competed in the USA 5k Racewalk national championships on Sat., Dec. 27.
      After being boxed-in during the first lap, Mannozzi worked his way up to sixth place in the first kilometer, working to stay with the lead pack. Throughout the race, his former coach Mike Rohl was instrumental in coaching and instructing Mannozzi. He moved-up the field that included two Olympians and multiple national record holders among the competitors.
      When friend and Shore AC teammate Jonathan Hallman flew past Mannozzi with just under 2k (1.25 miles) to go, Mannozzi almost caved but to his surprise Hallman, challenged him by saying, “How bad do you want it?” and “Come get me,”
      Spurred by those comments, Mannozzi worked to close the gap and stay with Hallman as they worked together to overtake the leader.
      With three laps to go, Mannozzi found another gear and made a powerful surge that lasted the final 600 meters of the race.
      As he crossed the finish line Coach Rohl yelled “Now that is how you win a national championship!”
      Following the race, during the awards presentation, Mannozzi noted, “I am humbled that my former coach Mike Rohl stepped-up to help me out today. Ironically, what he was coaching me to do was right in line with what my coach Stafford Whalen had planned.
      He said when challenged by Hallman, “He dared me to fight the pain to stay with his quick pace which forced me to dig deeper and helped me to hit another gear that I did not think I would have so soon after a 50k, and with no speedwork for this type of a distance in over six months.”
      Among Mannozzi’s sponsors is Pizza Joe’s, 6810 Market St., operated by Mario LaMarca.
  All Day-Every Day Kindergarten To Hold 2015-16 Registration Feb. 12  
  January 22, 2015 Edition  
     Registration Day for the 2015-16 school year’s kindergarten to the Boardman Schools will be held on Thurs., Feb. 12. Times for registration will be 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m., 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. and 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. in each of our four elementary school offices. It is not necessary for children to accompany their parents.
      The custodial parent or guardian must be a resident of the Boardman Local School District.
      Registration for a new student to the Boardman Schools require:
       1. The child must reach age 5 on or before Aug. 1, 2015, if entering kindergarten.
       2. Completion of a Registration Form
       3. Presentation of proof of immunization and completion of the School Health Record. (proof of your child’s immunization is a physician’s statement or immunization card with dates entered).
       4. Presentation of official State birth certificate. (If your child was born in Mahoning County, this certificate may be obtained from the Bureau of Vital Statistics, 345 Oak Hill Ave., phone 330-743-3333). Please note that personal checks are not accepted - cash only.
       5. Presentation of at least two proof of residency forms (e.g. home owner’s tax statement, utility bill, purchase/rental agreement) and a residency affidavit.
       6. Custody papers, if applicable.
       7. Payment of $25 fee to partially cover the cost of supplies furnished by the school.
      Classroom space is limited for kindergarten. Therefore, some kindergarten students may be assigned another building in the district. It is important to register early to ensure assignment to your elementary school of residence.
      Boardman Elementary School addresses and phone numbers are as follows:
       Market Street, 5555 Market St., 330-782-3743.
       Robinwood Lane, 835 Indianola Rd., 330-782-3164.
       Stadium Drive, 111 Stadium Dr., 330-726-3428.
       West Boulevard, 6125 W. Blvd., 330-726-3427.
      In order to prepare for appropriate school-age educational placement and programming, the Boardman Local Schools’ Special Education Dept., is currently planning for the evaluation of preschoolers with disabilities that receive services at the Lockwood Preschool site.
      Preschoolers with disabilities that do not receive services at the Lockwood Preschool site and reside in the Boardman Local School District, may contact/refer to the Special Education Office. The referral should include the child’s and parent’s names, address, telephone number, child’s date of birth, and disability category. Please contact the Special Education Office, 7410 Market St., at 330-726-3411.
  Davis Leads School Board Calhoun Chairman Of Trustees  
  January 15, 2015 Edition  
     The Boardman Board of Trustees and Boardman Board of Education held reorganizational meetings to open the new year.
      Meeting last Sunday, the school board elected Fred Davis as president for the new year.
      Davis served two terms on the board, from 1994 thru 2005; and then gained appointment to the board upon the resignation of Dr. Robert DeMarco in Aug., 2010.
      Davis is a life-long resident of Boardman and a 1975 graduate of Boardman High School. He received a bachelors’ degree from Adrian College in 1979, and went on to graduate from the Pittsburgh Institute of Mortuary Science in 1980.
      Davis is a member of the Boardman United Methodist Church, where he has served as an usher and is a member of the Board of Trustees, and is currently a member of the a member of the Four Square Club. He is a former member of the Boardman Boosters, Boardman Community Foundation and the Boardman Civic Association.
      Davis operated the Davis Funeral Home in Boardman for more than 30 years, before joining Dan Becker and Becker Funeral Homes three years ago.
      Meeeting on Monday night at Sweeney GMC-Buick, Boardman Trustees elected Brad Calhoun as chairman of the board.
      Calhoun, a democrat, was elected a trustee in 2009, running as part of a two-man team with Trustee Thomas Costello, a republican. He and Costello, and Trustee Larry Moliterno, a democrat, working in tandem with Fiscal Officer Wiliam Leicht, a republican, have restored integrity to township government in the wake of disfunctional terms served by Kathy Miller and Robyn Gallitto. Calhoun, Costello, Moliterno and Leicht organized an annual Community Day event at the Government Center that highlights local government and has provided fellowship to thousands of residents who have attended the event.
      Calhoun, an eighth grade teacher at Center Middle School, served two terms as president of the Boardman Local Schools teachers’ union, the Boardman Education Association, prior to his election as trustee. He is currently the coordinator of the social studies department at Center Middle School, known for annual trips with students to Washington, D.C.
      Calhoun is a Trustee of the J. Ford Crandall Foundation and has participated in a number of community organizations including Boardman Lions Club, the Boardman Civic Association and Boardman PTA.
      He holds a bachelors degree in secondary education/social studies from Youngstown State University and a masters degree in curriculum education from Ashland University.
      Elected vice-president of the school board was Vickie Davis and elected vice-chairman of the Board of Trustees was Moliterno.
  Gretta Knows...... ...This Must Be Heaven!  
  January 15, 2015 Edition  
     Woof Woof! Happy New Year! Another day to look out over the meadow before me, the towering green grass silently sways, the gentle breeze strokes my fur causing me to instinctively put my nose into the air, taking a deep breath of the fresh clean air. The warm sun caresses my body, and a feeling of peace and contentment surround me. The meadow has a beauty all its own and is limitless with no end in sight. There are hills to climb. Creeks to play in. Dog pals and cats to meet. Another year ahead to search the vast open meadows for endless possibilities!
      I notice the Lab gang and a large group of my heavenly pals walking through the meadow. Sady, the guard dog of the Rainbow Bridge, has summoned everyone to come to the bridge. One of our sisters will soon be arriving to join us. I run down to join them.
      As we arrive, Sady is standing on the bridge. He explains that our sister Dehlia, a Rhodesian Ridgeback, is now making the journey from her earthly home to join us in her new heavenly home. Sady turns to me and says, “Hey, Gretta, I was told that Dehlia spent quite a bit of time in your hometown of Boardman.”
      Oooh, how exciting! I can’t wait to meet Dehlia and bark with her about my hometown, but I know in my doggy heart, how difficult this journey will be for her. It is so, so hard to leave the loving family she has known, and arrive in an unfamilar place. But time is kind and seems to grace us with an inner gift of healing.
      Sady turns to walk across the bridge to the other side, where Dehlia will arrive. All the heavenly dogs and cats sit quietly and wait in anticipation of Dehlia’s homecoming.
      We all stand as we see Dehlia arrive at the far end of the bridge.
      “Welcome to your new heavenly home Dehlia”, Sady quietly barks. “Everyone here has been anxiously waiting for you”. Dehlia glances around, looking as sad as a hound dog’s eye, and yelps, “I wish I could go back to my earth family. I loved them so, so much and they always treated me with such kindness and love. I long to just greet them one more time, to get one last love pat on the top of my head and to give them a doggy kiss. And to play with my pawsitively best dog pal, Sierra, who was always by my side. We’ll always be fur-ever friends”
      “You were gifted with such a beautiful earth family and the memories you made together over the years, will always be a part of you. Please take your time, to say your goodbyes. There is no hurry. When you are ready, I have a note here under my paw that arrived with your name on it. It is signed by Joy. So when you are ready I will share it with you.” Sady replies.
      Dehlia’s head rises, her ears perk up, and she barks, “Joy, a note from Joy! She was a great blessing in my life. We shared such a loving bond together. We were always there for each other. Twice a day, she had to have drops put into her eyes, and no matter what I was doing, I would stop and run over to be at her side. Our hearts will eternally be together. Please .... let me hear what she wrote.......”
      Sady held the note on the ground with his paw as he expressed Joy’s words......Dehlia, the unconditional love of a four-legged warrior will always remain embedded in my heart. But yet my soul and spirit have been torn asunder, and there is such a black void. I will cherish the fond memories, but oh, how I miss her warm embrace, her tenderness, and her unrelenting compassion for us all. I will always remember the bond we shared--her wild side and gentle side, her constant understanding, and also her playful antics. My heart is so heavy, but her warmth, strength and kindness will be with me forever. I will always love you, Dehlia, and I miss you dearly!!! Joy.
      Sady picked up the note with his mouth and walked over to Dehlia and tucked it under her collar. Dehlia stood tall and gave a contented sigh, “a part of Joy will be with me forever and I will always be with her.”
      Dehlia then walked over and stood next to Sady. She took one last glance behind her and began to walk across the bridge with Sady by her side.
      As Dehlia and Sady reached the other edge of the Rainbow Bridge, all the heavenly dogs and cats began howling and meowing, welcoming Dehlia to her new home.
      Dehlia was amazed and barked, “there are so many of my brothers and sisters here”. Sady barked, “you will never be alone here”.
      “Over here, this is Gretta, Dutch, Remington, Ruger, Rasta, Kachina and feline Lucky all from your hometown”, Sady added. “Hi paws to you, Dehlia, they yelped in unison!“ We have to lay under one of the big oak trees and bark about our Boardman adventures. But first come on, let us all show you your new heavenly home.”
      If you could see it here, the meadow has become blanketed with dogs and cats, running with Dehlia, to the top of the meadow hill. Suddenly everyone stops. Dehlia gazes all around, and howls, “What a beautiful place! Are we free to run anywhere we wish! The beauty goes on forever?” I barked, “Yes, you can run, play, swim, jump, roll over, sleep, whatever you wish. You have unlimited amounts of playtime, happiness, love, peace, and dog pals and cats everwhere you go!”
      “Well c’mon! Hey, do Rhodesian Ridgebacks like to swim”, barked Dutch of the Lab gang.
      “Yip, yip”, exclaimed Dehlia. Dehlia checked her collar to make sure Joy’s note was tucked away safely, and off she went following Dutch and the rest of the Lab gang. They stood at the top of the creek bed, and Dehlia barked.... “this must be heaven” and then they jumped into the creek, running and splashing, chasing each other and of course their tails were ‘awaggin.
  New Pumper Truck Ordered  
  To Replace Vehicle Totaled In Nov., 2014 Accident:   January 8, 2015 Edition  
     A report completed by the Ohio State Highway Patrol says the driver of a Boardman Township fire truck that crashed on Shields Rd. on Nov. 26, 2014 operated the pumper truck without reasonable control.
      A copy of the State Patrol’s report in the crash was obtained by The Boardman News from the Boardman Fire Department.
      Township Administrator Jason Loree said that Fire Chief Mark Pitzer informed trustees that the pumper truck, driven by fire-fighter Ben Poole, 27, swerved to miss a deer near 2:00 a.m., just west of the intersection of West Blvd. and Shields Rd. and ended up in a ditch. The fire truck, and three firemen, were on their way to a call of a diabetic emergency on West Midlothian Blvd. at the time of crash.
      The OSP report makes no mention of the deer.
      The OSP report notes a utility pole was sheared-off during the accident, and a transformer fell off the pole.
      “HazMat was called to the scene for five gallons of oil that spilled from the transformer into the ditch,” Trooper Tim Dobbins reported.
      Loree and Assistant Fiscal Officer George Platton said the fire truck, a 1999 pumper truck, was totaled. Damages were upwards of $90,000, Loree said.
      Poole appeared in Boardman Court in December and was found guilty of failing to control, fined $20 and ordered to pay $80 in court costs.
      Since the accident, Platton said the township has been leasing a pumper truck.
      The accident seems to have a silver lining for Boardman Township.
      Loree said that insurance provider for the township totaled the truck and a new truck, valued at some $500,000, will be delivered to the fire department, likely sometime this summer, at no cost to the township.
  Boy Scout Order Of The Arrow Seeks History For Centennial  
  January 8, 2015 Edition  
      Scouting’s National Honor Society, the Order of the Arrow (OA) will celebrate their 100th anniversary in 2015 with a major celebration being held at the National Order of the Arrow Conference at Michigan State University, Aug. 3–8, 2015 in East Lansing, Mich.
      More than 10,000 Arrowmen (youth, men and women members and staff) will attend the historic conference with 71 members coming from our local area. As part of this celebration, the National OA office has instructed all lodges to gather their local history, create a Lodge History Book and submit it for the celebration.
      The Greater Western Reserve Boy Scout Council lodge is known as Wapashuwi Lodge 56 which was formed on July 1, 1995 from the merger of three former lodges, Stigwandish Lodge 114, Tapawingo Lodge 368 and Neatoka Lodge 396.
      The Wapashuwi Lodge has been working on gathering not only their history from 1995 to date, but also the history of the three former lodges that existed in the area now served by the Greater Western Reserve Council.
      Stigwandish Lodge 114 began in 1938 of the Northeast Ohio Council serving the counties of Geauga, Lake and Ashtabula. Tapawingo Lodge 368 was formed in 1947 of the Western Reserve Council and served Trumbull County. Neatoka Lodge 396 served the Mahoning Valley Council in Mahoning County was first called Mahoning Lodge 396 and began in 1948. By 1955 the lodge had lost their charter. In 1957, they were re-charted as Mahoning Lodge 396 and by the fall of 1957, changed their name to Neatoka Lodge 396.
      According to Mike Kupec, adviser to the Lodge History Project “Mahoning Lodge 396 from 1948 to 1955 is a complete mystery. We have no information on their members, activities, events nor any photos, paperwork or anything.” said Kupec. “The only piece of information that we have from our national office is that there was 95 members by 1955.
      We need the help of the local community whose father or grandfather may have been in the OA during those years in Mahoning County and perhaps has a membership card, photo or any paperwork for Mahoning Lodge 396”, he said.
      They are also looking for the same kind of materials and memorabilia for Neatoka, Stigwandish, Tapawingo, and Wapashuwi Lodges. They have also been contacting past Lodge Chiefs and Lodge advisers and doing video interviews of their experience in the OA to also add to their history book for submission to the National OA.
      In 1915, Camp Director E. Urner Goodman and Assistant Camp Director Carroll A. Edson searched for a way to recognize select campers for their cheerful sprits of service at Treasure Island Scout Camp in the Delaware River. Goodman and Edson founded the Order of the Arrow when they held the first Ordeal Ceremony on July 16 of that year. By 1921, as the popularity of the organization spread to other camps, local lodges attended the first national gathering called a Grand Lodge Meeting.
      The Order of the Arrow was one of many camp honor societies that existed at local Scout camps across the country. Through the years as more camps adopted the Order of the Arrow’s program, it gained prominence and became part of the national Boy Scout program in 1934. By 1948, the OA, recognized as the BSA’s national brotherhood of honor campers, became an official part of the Boy Scouts of America. Toward the end of the twentieth century, the OA expanded its focus to include conservation, high adventure, and servant-leadership.
      Throughout the years, the Order of the Arrow has played an integral role in the program of the Boy Scouts and in the community service its members contribute to their communities. To date, more than one million people have been members of the Order of the Arrow.
      Presently, the Order of the Arrow consists of nearly 300 lodges. Leadership positions and voting rights are restricted to members under the age of 21. Through the program, members live up to the ideals of brotherhood, cheerfulness, and service set forth by E. Urner Goodman and Carroll A. Edson.
      There is a collection of OA material currently on display at the Greater Western Reserve Council Boy Scout Museum at Camp Stambaugh on Leffingwell Rd. in Canfield which is open upon request. Anyone having any material to loan for scanning or to donate can contact Kupec at 330-799-1475 or at
      Information on Wapashuwi Lodge can be found at, the National Order of the Arrow at and the Greater Western Reserve Council at or call 330-898-8474.
  January 8, 2015 Edition  
     Boardman Trustees have scheduled their first meeting of the year on the eve of the NCAA national grid championship featuring the Ohio State Buckeyes against the Oregon Ducks. The title game gets underway at 8:30 p.m., preceded by the Trustees meeting at 5:30 p.m. The national title game is in Dallas, Texas. The Trustees meeting is at Sweeney Buick, 7997 Market St.
  Boardman Native Dr. Justin Mistovich Joins Youngstown Orthopaedic Assoc.  
  January 1, 2015 Edition  
Dr. Justin Mistovich, (L) & Bob Campbell (R)
     Dr. Justin Mistovich, a 1999 graduate of Boardman High School, recently returned to his hometown, to open his pediatric orthopaedic practice, and join the team at Youngstown Orthopaedic Associates (YOA), 1499 Boardman-Canfield Rd., in Boardman.
      YOA is now expanding their services to include treatment of children with spine conditions. Dr. Mistovich specializes in the treatment of pediatric fractures, sports injuries, and spinal conditions, including scoliosis.
      Dr. Mistovich graduated from Duquesne University in Pittsburgh, Honors College, cum laude, with a Bachelor of Arts in Spanish and a Minor in Biology, in 2003. He graduated with his Doctor of Medicine from Wright State University School of Medicine in Dayton in 2008.
      In 2008, Dr. Mistovich also served as a health policy intern for Congressman Tom Prince, working with Congressional staff to develop policy documents on healthcare legislation, attending congressional healthcare hearings and summarizing policy points and ideas.
      His orthopaedic surgical residency was completed in June 2013 from Allegheny General Hospital in Pittsburgh. Dr. Mistovich completed his clinical fellowship in pediatric orthopaedic surgery in July of 2014, under a world-renowned surgical team, at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia.
      Dr. Mistovich joined with Bob Campbell in August of 2014, to co-direct a course at The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia for the FDA, discussing new innovations and advances in the care for children with spinal deformities and how to care for them. Bob Campbell invented a device called the VEPTR, which can treat very young children with spine and chest wall deformities. Dr. Mistovich stated, “His device saves the lives of kids with these deformities who almost would have died from their disease before.”
      After the earthquake in Haiti, Dr. Mistovich volunteered to serve on a medical disaster relief team in 2010 in Port-au-Prince, Haiti. He was in charge of an orthopaedic trauma operating room, in a tent hospital, with an Eastern European general surgeon.
      Dr. Mistovich has also authored manuscripts; book chapters, including The Spine section for the upcoming 20th edition of the Nelson’s Textbook of Pediatrics; surgical technique videos, and lectures on pediatric orthopaedic surgery.
      Dr. Mistovich and his wife Keili have a daughter named Madeleine. He is the son of Joyce and Ron Mistovich of Boardman.
  Treasures Of Township History Abound At Historic Detchon Home  
  Situated in Boardman Park:   January 1, 2015 Edition  
Albert Eyster Homestead
     Situated in Boardman Park is the historic Oswald Detchon home, named after one of the first 27 families to move to Boardman more than 200 years ago.
      The home was formerly located near Southern Blvd. on Rt. 224 and was moved to Boardman Park in 1985, and now serves as home to a significant collection of local history, collected by the Boardman Historical Society members Don and Patsy Ann Zabel over the past 50 years.
      “We want people to know the about the collection, and we are open for tours at anytime throughout the year,” Don Zabel said this week, adding he and his wife both like history and “preserving it.”
      At the age of 40, Oswald Detchon, a native of England, came to Boardman in 1801, among 27 families that settled here that year. He owned 800 acres of land in Boardman, and by 1803, old records show he was the second-largest taxpayer in the township, paying annual taxes of $1.30.
      Among the most prominent members of the Methodist Episcopal Church, its early meetings were held in a log schoolhouse on Detchon’s farm (roughly located on the northeast corner of Rt. 224 and Southern Blvd.) before the first church edifice was erected about 1835.
      Detchon died in 1836 in Boardman at the age of 75, and many years later, Judge Harold Doyle and his new wife called the Detchon home ‘their home” for several years.
      Detchon was a noted tanner and was among the early caretakers of Boardman Cemetery. He was known for paying good prices for hides and pelts.
      In 1984, a car dealership (Ford) bought the old Detchon property and the Boardman Rotary Club provided the funding to move the home to the historic village in the park, where it now sits (along with Olde St. James Meeting House and the Schiller-Chuey Summer Kitchen House).
      Among the thousands of historical items in the museum are old tools, photographs, Boardman High School yearbooks, clothing, furniture, documents, knick-knacks and other items commonly used in the past. There’s a couch, old manual typewriters, a wall tapestry and hundreds of photographs, including a photo of the 1964-65 Boardman High School basketball team that reached the Final Four.
      “Former Boardman coach Dick Selby donated that photograph of the basketball team,” Party Ann Zabel recalls.
      There is one artifact of Boardman’s history that is missing from the Oswald Detchon home. That is a rock, said to be engraved with the initials ‘E.B.’ History recalls the rock was placed at Boardman Center when the founder of the township, Elijah Boardman, first settled here in 1978. It had been in possession of Boardman Park until about 50 years ago when Ivor Jenkins retired as park superintendent.
      “Artifacts at the Detchon home have been donated to us,” Don Zabel says, adding “usually when a family member dies.” Key donors to the museum include the Zabels, Howard and Bernice Simon (whose family owned a large farm on Indianola Rd., near the present day Robinwood Lane Elementary School), and Roberta Ramsey.
      “Without them, and the efforts of the Boardman Rotary Club, I don’t know where were would have all of these displays,” Patsy Ann Zabel noted.
      The home is open for tours, by appointment, that can be arranged by calling the park offices at 330-726-8105.
      Picture: THE ALBERT EYSTER HOMESTEAD used to be located along what is now Market St. at Sciota Ave. The home in this picture was built between 1880 and 1890. Pictured in the wagon is Albert Eyster, who was known for hauling coal and lumber in the wagon. Tis picture is among the many in the Oswald Det-chon Home at Boardman Park.
      For more pictures pick up a copy of this week's Boardman News (Jan1-6, 2015)
  Gretta Knows...... its the simple things  
  December 18, 2014 Edition  
     Woof, Woof, my friends! Well Christmas is almost here! It is time for my heavenly pals and I to journey back to our little piece of heaven that we call home. You see it is almost time for the big Christmas celebration for Jesus!
      We love watching you from up here in doggy heaven, seeing you busy getting ready for this wonderful time of the year! Buying gifts, baking cookies, having gatherings to express gratitude and thanks to family, friends, employees, all who have somehow touched your lives in some way!
      What a joyous time, such a happy time! Cares and worries are somehow put aside in preparation for the Holiday season. Smiles and kind words grace others we meet! Christmas lights brighten the night. From up here they look like little stars surrounding your homes with peace! Such a beautiful sight. Oh and the children, excitement can be seen in their eyes in anticipation for a special gift that they will find lying under the tree on Christmas morning.
      We reach the top of our meadow hill and stop to gaze around. Lab Dutch barks, “it’s a beautiful sight!” Lab Remington barks in, “what a pawsitively grand feeling to see our piece of heaven again.” “Yea, the other parts of heaven all offered a wonderful new adventure, but there is no feeling like being back home again”, howls Lab Ruger.
      Lab Sebastian starts to walk over to the large open field, and we all follow! There are hundreds of dogs and cats all gathering, barking and meowing, with excitement. I glance upward and notice a large bright shining star, marking the sight where all the heavenly animals are to come for the great birthday Christmas celebration.
      We find a spot in the field and lie down! As we lie there in silence, thoughts begin to take us back to our earthly homes and to the masters whom we shared our Christmas’s with. Dog Rasta barked, “I so remember the special Christmas cookies, all decorated with bright colors, that my masters would give me on Christmas morning.” “I often wished I could have given my masters a gift for all the love and care they gave to me,” Lab Kachina barks.
      “But you did”, I barked. “Each one of us gave our masters gifts! Special gifts for a lifetime.....a lifetime of doggy kisses, a lifetime of comfort, a lifetime of companionship, a lifetime of quiet walks, a lifetime of love, a lifetime of joy, a lifetime of loyalty, a lifetime of tail waggin’. These gifts will remain inside our master’s hearts throughout each and every day of their lives.”
      Feline Lucky meows, “yes these gifts are priceless treasures.” Feline Squeeky purrs, “it’s the simple things in life that we remember the most.” “I remember once hearing someone exclaim, enjoy the simple things for one day you may look back and realize they were the big things”, Lab Dutch barked, “now I understand.” The group gives out a dog sigh in agreement.
      Lab Sady the Rainbow Bridge guard dog stops by, “I couldn’t help over hearing your barks! I wanted to wish each of you a Merry Christmas! You know I met each one of you when we walked together across the Rainbrow Bridge upon your arrival here in heaven. Each of you were saddened at having to leave your masters behind on earth. You each devoted your life to them, loving them unconditionally, and you will always hold them close to your heart.”
      Lab Sady continued, “Christmas is all about the heartfelt gifts you give of yourselves, to others! Your masters’ hearts will always wear pawprints left by you.”
      We notice the dogs and cats have all risen to their feet, jumping, howling, wiggling with excitement. It’s Christmas! Joy to the world, the Lord has come! Peace on earth, good will to men! Our tails are a waggin’........Happy Paw-lidays to you! Love, peace and wags, Gretta
      Gretta, a Golden Retriever, spent almost 15 years at The Boardman News. She greeted all who entered with a wag of her tail! She died in November of 2012.
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  CRWC New Officers 2015-2017  
  December 18, 2014 Edition  
     The Canfield Republican Women’s Club installed their new officers for the 2015-2017 terms. Pictured, left to right, are new officers: Past President, Suellen Blasdell; President, Holly Baker of North Lima; Vice President, Monica Robb of Columbiana; Treasurer, Suzanne Trigg of Canfield. Missing from photo is Secretary, Jackie Stewart from Canfield. In addition to supporting qualified Republican candidates, the Club supports Caring for America by donating money to various organizations including The Fisher House, The American Legion, YSU Veteran’s Center and more. Meetings are the 1st Wednesdays of most months.
      Please visit us on Facebook or email for more information. This club is open to all Republican women living in or around the Mahoning Valley.
  Dozen Busted On Prostitution Charges  
  All Had Their Day In Court:   December 11, 2014 Edition  
      On June 19, Boardman police used a web site connection that resulted in the arrests of 11 women and one man being charged with prostitution-related charges.
      The women were contacted based on their posts on a website where they used aliases to solicit prostitution, police said. Undercover officers contacted the women via phone numbers provided at that website, and a room at the Red Roof Inn, 1051 Tiffany Blvd., was set-up with recording devices.
      Following is a review of what happened in court from the arrests made in the prostitution operation that was conducted by Boardman police, the FBI and a Mahoning Valley Violent Crimes Task Force. All of those arrested appeared in Boardman Court, where Judge Joseph Houser sits on the bench.
      Constance Adams, 24, of 2975 Creek Rd., New Waterford, was charged with soliciting and possession of criminal tools.
      The caucasion, 5-11, 145-lb. blonde-haired, blue-eyed woman had the criminal tools charge dismissed on Aug. 7 and the same day she was found guilty of a reduced charge on the soliciting count. Adams was fined $100, placed on a year’s probation, ordered to perform 45 hours of community service, ordered to undergo AIDS testing and referred to a state-certified facility for psychological testing.
      According to police, she had solicited sex on the web using the name ‘Brooklyn Barbie,’ and she said she would charge $170/hr.
      Unemployed, Adams received free legal counsel.
      Taylor Bracy, 21, of 470 Crandall Ave., Youngstown, was charged with soliciting and possession of criminal tools.
      On June 24, Bracy, a black, 5-4, 131-lb. female, entered a plea of guilty on both charges. She was found guilty of the criminal tools charge, fined $100, ordered to pay $70 in court costs, given a 180 day suspended jail sentence, placed on 12 months probation, ordered for psychological and AIDS assessment. She was also found guilty of the soliciting charge, fined $250, and given a 60 day suspended jail sentence.
      Jessica ‘London’ Maxwell, 33, of 129 East Avondale, Youngstown, a 5-1, 179-lb. white female, was charged with soliciting, possession of criminal tools and possession of drugs (vicodin), according to her arrest report.
      Unemployed, Maxwell got free legal counsel and the criminal tools charge was dismissed. On Aug. 5, she was found guilty on the drug and soliciting charges, fined $200, her driver’s license was suspended for a year, she was placed on probation for a year, ordered to perform 40 hours of community service, ordered to undergo AIDS testing, and referred to a state-certified facility for drug management and psychological testing.
      Police said she used the named ‘London’ on the web site used to contact her.
      Amy Jo Begeot, 28, a white female, 5-3 and 142 lbs., of 371 Plymouth Ave., Girard, was charged with soliciting and possession of criminal tools.
      Unemployed, Begeot got a free attorney and on Aug. 5 the criminal tools charge were dismissed. She was found guilty of soliciting, fined $100, placed on probation for a year, and ordered for psychological assessment and AIDS testing.
      When contacted by an undercover agent prior to her arrest, Begeot told the agent she wanted $180 an hour and there would be “no kissing on the mouth.”
      A suspected john was busted during the June sting. Charged with compelling prostitution and possession of criminal tools was 6-0, 285-lb., unemployed Matthew Jacob Pupio, of 162 Washington Blvd., #4.
      Det. Glenn Patton said that Pupio “made numerous statements about compelling and soliciting for prostitution.”
      On Aug. 5, Pupio entered a plea to a single, reduced charge, was fined $100 and placed on non-reporting probation for a year
      Michelle Harris, 28, of 404 Pasadena, Youngstown, a 5-5, 125-lb. black woman, was charged with soliciting and possession of criminal tools.
      Her case did not go before the court for a disposition until Oct. 23, when the charges were dismissed.
      “Upon review of the prosecutor, the state does not believe it can meet its burden [of proof],” the court said, noting that Harris :used ambiguous language in negotiating the terms of the contract for sex.”
      Meschelle Alli, 36, of 239 North St., Youngstown, a 5-4, 199-lb. black woman, was charged with soliciting and possession of criminal tools.
      According to police, on a computer site, she used the headline “Wanna See My Naughty Side.” She was found guilty on both charges on June 24. On the soliciting charge she was fined $250, given a 60-day suspended jail sentence, placed on probation for a year and ordered for psychological assessment and AIDS testing. On the criminal tools charge, Alli was found guilty, fined $100, given a 180 day suspended jail sentence, placed on probation for a year and given 60 days to pay her fine.
      On Dec. 5, a warrant was issued for her arrest on the criminal tools charge.
      Kiana Powell, 27, of 925 Youngstown-Warren Rd., Niles, a 5-8, 200-lb. black woman, was charged with soliciting and promoting prostitution.
      She went to court on the charges on Aug. 5 and on the soliciting charge she was found guilty of a reduced charge, fined $150, placed on probation for a year, ordered to complete 40 hours of community service, ordered for psychological assessment and ordered to undergo AIDS testing.
      The charge of promoting prostitution against Powell was dismissed on Aug. 7.
      Aaliyah Clark, 19, of 1575 Shehy, Youngstown, a 5-2, 120-lb. black woman, was charged with soliciting.
      When undercover agents were making a deal with Kiana Powell, Powell said she could bring a 16-year-old girl for sex, and that person was actually the 19-year-old Clark.
      On June 25, Clark was found guilty of soliciting, fined $250, given a 60 day suspended jail sentence, placed on probation for a year, ordered for psychological assessment and AIDS testing.
      On July 15, Clark was ordered to spend two days in jail, instead of performing 40 hours of community service.
      Seaniece Marie McKelvin, 21, of 2315 Beck St. NE, Warren, Oh. 5-6 and 220-lbs., was charged with soliciting and possession of criminal tools.
      She went to court on June 24 and entered guilty pleas to both charges.
      On the soliciting charge she was fined $200, given a 60 day suspended jail sentence, placed on probation for a year, ordered for a psychological assessment and AIDS testing. On the criminal tools charge, she was found guilty, fined $100, given a 180 day suspended jail sentence and placed on probation for a year.
      Cherelle McKelvin, 19, of 1618 Deerfield SW, Warren, Oh., a 5-2, 130-lb. black woman, went to court on soliciting and criminal tools charges on July 26. She was found guilty on both charges.
      On the criminal tools charge she was fined $100 on a reduced charge. On the soliciting charge, Cherelle was found guilty of a reduced charge, fined $250, placed on probation for a year, and ordered to undergo alcohol, drug and psychological assessment.
      Sade Elliott, 23, a 5-1, 178-lb. black woman, of 814 Steel St., Youngstown, was charged with soliciting.
      On June 24, she was found guilty, fined $250, given a 60-day suspended jail sentence, placed on probation for a year, ordered for psychological assessment and AIDS testing.
      She was back in court on Nov. 20 where she entered a not guilty plea to a probation violation.
  BHS Instrumental Music Dept  
  At Community Christmas in Boardman Park:   December 11, 2014 Edition  
     Boardman High School's Instrumental Music Dept. under the direction of Tom Ruggieri are pictured inside St. James Church at Boardman Township Park. Christmas music and carols filled the air during the Annual Community Christmas event at Boardman Township Park on Sun., Dec. 7.
  Report Calls For $30 Million In Improvements To Middle School  
  December 4, 2014 Edition  
      associate editor
      Meeting last week, the Boardman Board of Education formally received a report from the Ohio Facilities Construction Commission (OFCC), suggesting upwards of $130 million in capital improvements to local school buildings.
      Most of those costs, if they were ever to be implemented, upwards of 85 per cent to 90 per cent, would have to be borne by the taxpayers.
      Among the $130 million, the OFCC suggested more than $29 million in improvements to Center Middle School. According to the OFCC report, more than $4 million of the total costs of improvements at Center would go towards ‘non-construction costs’ like compensation for design professionals, soil borings and builder’s risk insurance.
      The OFCC assessment of Center Middle School is less than flattering.
      The assessment claims that classrooms are undersized and do not conform to current state standards. “The ventilation system is inadequate to meet the needs of users,” the OSFC says in its assessment of Center Middle School, adding the school has a “limited security system and a non-compliant fire alarm system.”
      The OFCC says that Center Middle School is not in compliance with standards established by the Americans with Disabilities Act and compliance with the ADA would be difficult to achieve.
      687 students currently attend Center Middle, in a building that has a capacity for 1,125 students, according to the OFCC assessment.
      The OFCC assessment of Center claims that 21-acres site “is adjacent to commercial development uses which are not suitable for educational instruction.”
      Among the more than $29 million needed to upgrade Center Middle School to ‘current standards,” as opined by the OFCC in it assessment are the following:
       •The roofs over the entire building require replacement.
       •The building does not meet energy conservation guidelines.
      •The building is reported to contain asbestos and other hazardous materials.
       •Classrooms have an inadequate number of electrical outlets and data jacks for technology applications,.
       •Drinking fountains, though properly maintained, are not adequate in number and placement.
       •Outdoor light fixtures are provided inadequately.
       •Vehicular traffic flows are unsafe.
       •The average classroom size is 737 sq-ft and should be 900 sq-ft.
       •The school gymnasium is located near academic learning areas and the OFCC assessment says “that can be distracting.”
       •The teachers’ lounge provides limited workspace for the preparation of teacher materials.
       •The student dining area is too big and the cafeteria kitchen is too small.
       •The school is not equipped with central air conditioning.
       •Classroom furniture is mismatched and in fair to poor condition.
      According to a variety of school officials, State Sen. Joe Schiavoni has proposed legislation designed to ease the burden on taxpayers should be Boardman Local School Board ever consider replacing Center Middle School.
      Under an Exceptional Needs program, Sen. Schiavoni’s bill will provide 45 per cent of state funding needed to replace Center Middle.
      Under that bill, the taxpayers would still have to foot more than $16 million of the recommended improvements to Center Middle.
      The school board has tentatively set a work session in January to consider the findings of the entire 600-page OFCC report on Boardman Local Schools, that called for 4130 million in improvements.
  Sun., Dec. 7: Community Christmas At Boardman Park  
  December 4, 2014 Edition  
     Gather your family and friends and come out to Boardman’s Community Christmas. Enjoy the many activities taking place. Beginning at 4:00 p.m., bring some natural decorations and decorate one of the park’s pine trees. Some decorating examples include pine cones covered in peanut butter, bird seed, cereal/popcorn strings, bagels, orange slices---use your imagination and have fun with it! Reserve a tree by calling the Park Office at 330-726-8105 or e-mailing Angela at Santa will be arriving by fire truck at 4:20 p.m. At Olde St. James Meeting House, enjoy some cookies and hot chocolate while listening to Christmas music and caroling led by Tom Ruggieri and Linda Smrek and The Boardman High School Band beginning at 4:30 p.m. The lighting of the Community Christmas Tree will take place at 4:45 p.m.
      All activities are free and will take place near the Gazebo and St. James Church.
      Donations of canned goods for Second Harvest Food Bank will be accepted.
  Boar's Head & Yule Log Festival  
  December 4, 2014 Edition  
     Tickets are now on sale for the 54th annual Boar’s Head & Yule Log Festival. The festival, one of the longest running such festivals in the country, will take place January 4, 2015 at 1:30 p.m. and 4:30 p.m., at St. John’s Episcopal Church, 323 Wick Avenue, Youngstown.
      Performance tickets are $6 each. Dinner tickets with preferred performance seating are available for $20. One dinner will be served at 3:15. It is a traditional roast beef feast complete with wassail.
      The annual festival is a unique offering of praise to Jesus Christ at his Epiphany and features the Boar’s Head & Yule Log Festival Choir & Brass. This year it will once again include bagpipers, drummers, and a cast of approximately 100 St. John’s parishioners dressed in medieval costume as well as other surprises.
      Tickets may be purchased in the church office from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Thursday, until Noon on Fridays or by sending a stamped, self-addressed envelope to the church, “Attn: Boar’s Head”, 323 Wick Avenue, Youngstown, OH 44503-1095. Include a note indicating performance time and make check payable to “St. John’s Episcopal Church.” The deadline for orders via mail is Tuesday, December 23. New this year is the option to buy performance tickets online through our website Dinner/performance tickets are not available online.
      The church is ADA-accessible and free parking is available in the church lot as well as at the public library and in the Y.S.U. parking lot across from the church on Wick Avenue.
      For additional information, call the church at 330-743-3175, visit the website: or email
  Animal Charity Open House  
  December 4, 2014 Edition  
     The Animal Charity Humane Society, 4140 Market St., will hold a Holiday Open House on Sat., Dec. 6, 2014 from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
      Planned activities include, cookies and hot chocolate, giving tree (what our dogs need), photo with Santa (there is a charge), raffle for one dog and one cat extra large Christmas basket. The public is welcome.
  Sister Jerome's Poor Receives $5000 Student Sponsorhip  
  November 20, 2014 Edition  
photo by Joan Yanchick
     Sister Jerome’s Poor, a program dedicated to helping working families and college bound students in financial need, graciously announces that Valley Electric Consolidated, Inc. has awarded a $5,000 grant to Sister Jerome’s Poor to sponsor a bright city college student. VEC will also provide mentoring for the student. As sponsor advisor, Tricia Ferry of the VEC team will mentor the selected student, Brianna Spatafore, who will graduate from Easter Gateway Community College in June 2015, and will then continue her program in elementary education at Youngstown State University. The check for sponsorship was presented to Sister Jerome Corcoran at the VEC Global Training Center The grant represents the core values which Rex Ferry, President and CEO, promotes: “Faith, Family, and Community, building for generations to come. Brianna is one of 12 high school graduates who are carefully selected and they have four requirements that they have to meet: they must keep up their grades, they must hold down a part-time job, they must obey school regulations, and they must manage their money well. Students are carefully selected and the goal for these students must be clear, graduation. Students are given cards, not cash, for gas, food, clothing and other needs. Pictured: Brianna Spatafore, the recipient, her mother, Darla Scott, Jim Bluedorn, President of VEC Community Fund, members of the VEC staff, Sister Jerome Corcoran, volunteer director of Sister Jerome’s Poor, and Sister Mary Dunn, volunteer mentor. “Only through education, college or the trades, can we help city youth earn a better salary and a better life”, expressed by Sister Jerome. Sister Jerome’s Poor is making a serious effort to help these selected city kids. This effort costs $5,000 per student, per year. For more information or to join in helping these deserving kids with a donation, visit or call 330-792-7636.
  Boardman Middle Schools Band Holiday Concert  
  November 20, 2014 Edition  
     The Boardman Middle Schools will present a 5th and 7th grade band holiday concert on Thurs., Dec. 11 at 7:00 p.m. in the Boardman High School Performing Arts Center.
      The concert will open with the 7th grade jazz ensemble. Many students are featured on improvisation solos in various musical styles from both Center and Glenwood Middle School.
      This concert continues with the 5th and 7th grade bands combined from Center and Glenwood. Popular favorites include Stronger as recorded by Kelly Clarkson and Happy from Despicable Me 2. The bands will perform many holiday favorites, including Jingle Bells, Jolly Old St. Nicholas and Jingle Bell Rock.
      Admission/donations accepted at the door: Adults $3, Students $2, Senior Citizens and Children under 10 Free.
  Easy Street Productions  
  Miracle On Easy Street Dec 19-21:   November 20, 2014 Edition  
     Easy Street Productions will present ‘Miracle on Easy Street’, Youngstown’s original Christmas Spectacular, From Dec. 19-21 at Edward W. Powers Auditorium/DeYor Performing Arts Center in downtown Youngstown. Performances are Fri., Dec. 19 at 7:30 p.m., Sat., Dec. 20 at 2:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. and Sun., Dec. 21 at 2:30 p.m.
      For tickets or more information call 330-743-8555 or visit Group discounts and gift certificates available.
  Boardman Trustees Add New Police Officers  
  November 20, 2014 Edition  
     Meeting last week, Boardman Trustees added three officers to the Boardman Police Department. All three will be replacement positions for Paul Poulos, who has been assigned full time to the Boardman Local Schools, as well as Officers Mike Longo and Bryan Butto, who resigned from the BPD.
      With the hiring of Officers Nick Newland, Evan Beil and Dan Baker, manpower at the Boardman Police Department now totals 58 officers, according to Chief Jack Nichols. Pictured, from left, Nick Newland, Eva Beil, Dan Baker and Police Chief Jack Nichols.
      Nick Newland
      Officer Newland is 25-years-old, married, and resides in Boardman with his wife, Eileen, and one son.
      Newland grew up in Boardman and graduated from Boardman High School in 2007. He enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corps after high school and served active duty until his honorable discharge in 2012. He completed his Ohio Police Officers Training Association (OPOTA) certification at YSU in June, 2013.
      Newland worked as a part-time police officer with the Coitsville Township Police Department since Mar., 2014. He also worked as a part-time police officer with the Mill Creek Metro-Park Police Department from June, 2013 to Apr., 2014.
      Evan Beil
      Officer Beil is 23-years-old, single, and resides in Boardman. He has resided his entire life in Boardman, and graduated from Boardman High School in 2010. Beil attended Kent State University Police Academy in 2013 and also YSU Police Academy in 2014 and received his OPOTA certification in May, 2014. Beil worked as a part-time Front End Coordinator/Cashier at Giant Eagle and has been employed with Giant Eagle since June 2010. He worked as a reserve police officer with the Brookfield PD since June, 2014 and also worked as a reserve/part-time police officer with the Mill Creek Metro Parks PD.
      Dan Baker
      Officer Baker is 24-years-old, single, and resides in Struthers. He graduated from Struthers High School in 2008 and received his OPOTA certification from the YSU Police Academy in Dec., 2011. Baker has worked as a part-time police officer with the Campbell PD, Poland Township PD, Lowellville PD, Coitsville PD, HMHP (St. E’s Hospital) PD, and Mahoning County Sheriff’s Department.
  A Heartfelt Plea For A Puppy Named Gizmo  
  Beloved Pet Lost In Boardman:   November 17, 2014 Edition  
     Six weeks ago my daughter, with her young Shih-Tsu puppy named Gizmo, moved into an apartment complex on Tippecanoe Rd in Canfield.
      Three days later while she was at work, a repairman employed by the complex, entered her apartment, left a door to the outside open, and little Gizmo made his escape to the unknown. To this day, Nov. 17, we have not heard one word where he could be. He is in need of his meds.
      He is orange in color, has a micro-chip in his neck containing all the pertinent information you will need to contact his owner. At one time, he had a dark blue collar with two tags to identify his ownership.
      If you are the lucky persons to have found him, you can take him to a veterinarian who would be able to read the his chip. We all would be so grateful for you to call one of the telephone numbers below to make arrangements for us to pick him up. May daughter and her four year old granddaughter have grieved something awful over the loss of our puppy.
      Our family wishes to thank the many volunteers who joined us in searching for our little Gizmo in neighborhoods in the Boardman area. Also to the wonderful people she works with who contributed for the flashing sign on Route 224. We will NEVER forget you and your labor of love.
      Please contact us at one of the telephone numbers listed below and make arrangements for us to pick him up. We want to have him to help us celebrate a Blessed Thanksgiving and we know you will have one too if you will be honest and return our little Gizmo to his rightfully loved family.
      Written by a broken-hearted in Boardman. Telephones: Ellen 330-207-6487 or Cathy 330-758-5344.
  West Blvd Veterans Day Program  
  November 11, 2014 Edition  
     Students and staff at West Blvd. Elementary School will host a Veteran’s Day Luncheon and Program on Tues., Nov. 11, beginning at 11:00 a.m. All vets are asked to bring their stories and a willingness to share memories with elementary school age children.
  Township, School And Booze Issues All Gain Voter Approval  
  November 6, 2014 Edition  
      Two Boardman Township tax renewal issues and a Boardman Local School levy renewal gained wide voter approval on Tuesday in the November general elections.
      A 3.6-mil, five year renewal tax that generates about $2.3 million annually for Boardman Township gained a 60 per cent voter approval with 7858 voters in favor of the issue and 5192 against.
      A 3/10-mil road and bridge measure for the township road department gained 70 per cent voter approval, 9187-3915.
      The Boardman Local School District had a 3.9-mil, three-year emergency renewal tax on the ballot that generates $3.178 million. It was approved with a 61 per cent favorable vote, 7187-4605.
      Six local option booze issues were on the ballot and all were approved.
      In precinct three, voters approved weekly and Sunday booze sales at Wedgewood Pizza, 6200 South Ave. In precinct 7, voters approved weekly and Sunday sales, and beer sales, at True North, 5135 Market St. In precinct 23, weekly booze sales were approved at the Posto Italian Grille, 350 West Western Reserve Rd.
      In Mahoning County races, voters tossed Auditor Mike Sciortino out of office, as he lost to Republican Ralph Meacham, 33,602-31,115.
      In a county race for Probate Court, Judge Robert Rusu dumped Dem-party backed Susan Maruca, 32,092-29,790. Rusu had gained the seat earlier this year when legal issues forced Mark Belinky off that bench; and Rusu was appointed to the seat by Gov. John Kasich.
      Re-elected, without any opposition to seats on the county Common Pleas Court were Judges R. Scott Krichbaum, Beth Smith, John Durkin and Maureen Sweeney.
      A county sales tax issue that combined a renewal issue and additional tax, billed as a so-called ‘safety levy,’ narrowly gained approval, by a scant 268 votes, 33,890-32-642.
  Dedication Concert At St. Pat’s Will Feature 86-Year-Old Organ  
  November 6, 2014 Edition  
     St. Patrick Church, 1420 Oak Hill, Youngstown, will host a special concert on Sun., Nov. 23 at 2 p.m., to mark the dedication of an 86-year-old organ donated to the parish last year by the congregation of John Knox Presbyterian Church, that closed in 2013. Those attending will experience the unique sound of the Votteler-Holtkamp-Sparling organ, that was rebuilt in the early 1990s.
      The concert will feature a performance by musicians including the parish’s former music director, Barbara Masters, who is the current music director at Visitation Catholic Church, Elmhurst, Ill., and a faculty member of the music department at Elmhurst College.
      Other featured performers will be Kris Harper, music director at St. Patrick Church, and Kelan Haynes, organist at New Bethel Baptist Church, 1507 Hillman St.
      The organ’s presence in Youngstown dates back to July, 1927 when South United Presbyterian Church, located at the corner of Market St. and Delason, purchased it from The Votteler-Holtkamp-Sparling Organ Company in Cleveland.
      Built of oak and metal and featuring 28 ranks of pipes, the organ was first played on Christmas Eve 1927.
      Almost 30 years later, when South United Presbyterian merged with nearby Evergreen Presbyterian to form John Knox Presbyterian Church, the stately organ remained the centerpiece of the building’s interior.
      Like many urban institutions, however, John Knox Presbyterian witnessed a period of decline starting in the 1960s, and by last November, it was apparent that the church would close.
      At that point, Kris Harper, music director at St. Patrick Church, approached the task force charged with shutting down the edifice and inquired about the organ’s availability. Harper, who had served as an organist at John Knox in the early 1980s and 1990s, was aware of the organ’s outstanding qualities; and he was overwhelmed when he learned that the congregation had agreed to donate the instrument to its South Side neighbor.
      After John Knox’s final service, the organ’s three heaviest components, which hold together its numerous pipes, were moved by Connell Inc., a local steel-erection company, to St. Patrick, where they were installed six months later
      Jim Wakeford, project manager at Connell Incorporated, recalled that the components ranged in weight from 700 to 900 pounds, and their placement in a balcony 20 feet above the main altar required the building of two scaffold towers and a trolley system. “There were lots of volunteers on hand to help,” Wakeford recalled, adding that he was impressed by parishioners’ participation.
      Father Edward P. Noga, pastor of St. Patrick Church, described the organ’s arrival as the product of “a rather unbelievable series of events.” He noted that the organ is far superior to the parish’s former model, but added that “many adjustments and modifications had to be made to accommodate this beautiful instrument into our space.” Father Noga expressed appreciation to all of those involved in the project.
      The Nov. 23 concert will be free and open to the public. For further information, contact the church office at 330-743-1109.
  Gretta Knows......  
  I Have A Name:   November 6, 2014 Edition  
      Good day my friends! We’ve already been walking for hours this morning. For some reason we all woke up with all kinds of energy, of course the Lab Gang leads the way, so we’re moving on. We’ve seen and learned so many things as my heavenly pals and I continue our adventure through dog Heaven! The path has suddenly turned rocky and seems to be winding upward. In the distance we notice a figure lying on a flat rock along the edge of the path.
      As we get closer Ziti and Tank run ahead to see what the figure is. A brown haired dog slowly lifts its head as Ziti jumps and barks with excitement to say hello. Tank barks, “what is your name?” The brown dog barks timidly, “I have no name.” My heavenly pals and I all look at each other in amazement, how could he have no name? As we all gather round, the brown dog lowers his head. “Why is it that you have no name”, I barked.
      My earthly master never seemed to really care for me much! He kept me tied outside day and night, and if I barked too much he’d yell, dog, quiet. One day my master decided he didn’t want me around any more, so he dropped me off at this place they called a shelter for dogs. I always felt unloved and in his way, so I was somewhat relieved when he dropped me off, thinking I would meet other dogs and cats and maybe loving and kind people too!
      The caretakers at the shelter were very nice to me, giving me a warm cage to stay in, feeding me and took me for walks, as much as they could. There were lots of dogs surrounding me in cages, and we’d bark amongst ourselves becoming friends as the days passed.
      People would walk through the shelter peering into the cages at each one of us! It could get pretty noisy, as we would bark, hoping someone would pick us and take us with them to a loving home. We all need someone to love us, and hoped this would be our day! When one of us would get adopted, barks of joy filled the shelter for we all were happy that one of our pals was on their way to a new and loving home.
      But I never was chosen! Last Fall I got very sick and soon arrived here in doggy heaven. I wondered up this rocky path and have been here ever since. This heavenly place is beautiful and peaceful, but this secluded place amongst the rocks, seemed to be perfect for me.
      Lucky, one of the heavenly felines purred, “everyone should have a name!” Squeeky meowed, “We have to give you a name!” Everyone barked in agreement, but the brown dog just laid with his head between his paws!
      The lab gang came in closer and Remington, barked, “we are sorry your earthly life brought you sadness. But just because your past made you feel unworthy of love, you must continue to believe you are special.
      I barked, “God gave each of us life and we’ve seen here in doggy heaven how He watches over each and every animal of his creation. His eyes are always on us. He got you to that doggy shelter where people cared for you, and where you were safe. We wish that all our brothers and sisters in the shelters could be adopted. If people only knew the endless amount of unconditional love and comfort we have to give. The thought that shelter dogs and cats would receive love and care with masters that cherish their companionship, brings a doggy grin to us all.”
      Ruger barked with excitement, “Take a look around! Look where you are! You are in a heavenly world, surrounded by the most beautiful meadows you have ever seen. They are a gift to each of us.”
      Dutch, barked...”and if you love to play in the water, ahhh, there is a creek that you can play in anytime.” Sebastian adds, “you are free to run, play, and sleep when and wherever you wish.”
      Kachina howled, “cmon you can run with us dogs now....even get to know those two felines over there.”
      The brown dog lifted his head and looked around at all of us standing around him and barked, “do you really want me to join you and be your pal!”
      Ziti jumped up on the rock next to him, “we sure do, but first you need a name.”
      Lucky meowed, “how about Carey which means well loved.” Suddenly we all howled in agreement.
      As the brown dog stood, you could see his head rise, his body stand tall, and his tail began to wag, “My name is Carey...I have a name, I have heavenly pals, I have love.”
      I barked, “Let’s go! Down the path we all ran, jumping and playing along the way with our new found friend Carey.” And our tails were awaggin.
  ivory & birch Grand Opening  
  November 6, 2014 Edition  
      Youngstown’s newest boutiques has officially opened its doors. ivory & birch, located at 7631 Market Street, celebrated its grand opening on Nov. 29 in Boardman.
      Featuring over 100 brands and a wide array of merchandise, the store is the first of its kind for the area. Deloran Muransky, the store’s owner, is thrilled to finally see ivory & birch come to life.
      “I’ve been dreaming of opening a store since I was a little girl. My all-time favorite toy was a cash register and I changed my outfits six-seven times a day when I was four.” Muransky, a Poland Seminary High School and Washington University in St. Louis alumni, moved back to the area in May to work on ivory & birch full time. She spent close to five years working for Kohl’s department stores, taking on roles in buying, planning, merchandising and product development before decided to venture out on her own.
      ivory & birch sells a wide array of items, including clothing, home goods, jewelry, accessories and greeting cards. Muransky focused on covering all price points and styles for her opening assortment .
      “I want our customers to be able to buy gifts for just about anyone in their lives. From in-laws to teachers to moms and dads, we have something for everyone,” Muransky notes. She also described the exceptional customer service ivory & birch hopes to be known for: “No matter how prevalent online shopping becomes in our lives, there is still something to be said for the in-store experience. My staff and I want to be known for personal, genuine and meaningful customer relationships.”
      ivory & birch is now open Mon-Wed 10am-6pm; Thurs., 10am-8pm; Fri., 10am-5pm; Sat., 11am-5pm; and is closed on Sundays.
      Additional information can be found on the website
  Ode To Boardman Stadium: Part II  
  No Pomp, Pageantry For Site That Served The Boardman For 73 Years:   October 29, 2014 Edition  
     Boardman High School’s football team gave old Boardman Stadium a great send-off last Friday night when Joe Ignazio’s Spartans pinned a 21-13 defeat on Canton McKinley.
      A sparse crowd saw Boardman defeat the Pups for the first time since 1995, and there was no pomp and pageantry to usher the old stadium out after it had faithfully served the community for 73 years.
      The first game at the stadium was played on Nov. 15, 1941, the day after Armistice Day, when the Spartans, under Head Coach Rib Allen, defeated Sebring, 21-7, to win the Little Brown Jug.
      According to Boardman Local Schools Director of Operations, Tim Saxton, the Spartans will open play next season in their new stadium on the campus of Boardman High School. That would be the second game of the season, set for Fri., Sept. 4 against Cardinal Mooney.
      A fund-raising drive to build the new stadium began three years ago, spearheaded by the Boardman Booster Club, formed in 1981 and sanctioned by the Boardman Local School Board.
      To date the club has raised some $1.31 million in pledges of the estimated $2.56 million needed to build the new site, not including a construction budget of $325,000.
      Phase I of the project was completed this year when an artificial turf was installed at the site of the new stadium at a cost of $760,000, including $80,000 for an asphalt track.
      According to the Booster Club, $1.04 million is still needed by Mar., 2015 to complete phase two of the project that includes $940,000 for ‘home’ seating, and $100,000 for a 10-ft. by 85-ft. press box.
      Phase three of the project, that according to the Booster Club will be completed by the fall of 2016, or sooner if funding is available, includes $660,000 for 3,000 ‘visitor’ seats; and another $200,000 for concessions, restrooms and lockerooms.
      According to Team 8e Architecture, of Canfield, that has been selected by the local school board to oversee the stadium project, a $200,000, 10 ft. by 30 ft. video scoreboard will also be added to the new stadium.
      The Booster Club says old Boardman Stadium lacks storage and locker facilities. For example, at halftime, the home team gathers inside the Center Middle School Auditorium; and parking is limited.
      Now, the Boosters claim the current location of the old stadium “is a barrier to creating a culture that promotes community among all high school students, and...moreover is creates unnecessary transportation costs (for student athletes and members of the Spartan Marching Band).”
      The Boosters say that “sporting and music events are major social gatherings in Boardman and a new stadium will enhance those experiences and add pride in our community,” to the point the new facilities “could make our teams and marching band more competitive.”
      A new turf at the site of the proposed stadium was installed last summer because “more than enough funds had been enable this year’s student athletes to enjoy [the turf] for practices, athletic contests and physical education classes,” the Booster Club said.
      Additionally, the Booster Club says that “Boardman believes in creating well-rounded students with attention to academics, athletics and the arts.”
      Boardman High School’s major sports fund-raising teams have been in the dumps for several years, as attendance at football and basketball games have declined, commensurate with the achievements of those teams. Old Boardman Stadium is not the reason the Spartan grid program is something like 5-26 in its last 31 games, and the Boardman High School gym is not the reason the Spartans basketball team can’t win.
      Ode To Boardman Stadium, Part 1, can be found at the Boardman News Website, or Facebook
  Graziani’s 3 TDs Pace Spartans To 21-13 Win Over McKinley’s Pups  
  After 73 Years, Final Game At Boardman Stadium:   October 29, 2014 Edition  
     Boardman High School’s Spartans closed out their 73-year reign at Boardman Stadium with a beat down 21-13 victory over an uncharacteristic 3-6 Canton McKinley Bulldogs last Friday night before a sparse crowd. It was the second straight home win for the Spartans, who moved to 2-7 on the season under second-year head coach Joe Ignazio.
      Boardman entered the game with a goal of holding the Pups 1000-yard rusher, Eric Glover-Williams, to less than 100 yards on the night and the Spartans defense exceeded that goal, limiting the McKinley team to less than 100 yards on the ground. The Bulldogs managed just 85 yards over the turf in the game, and Glover-Williams was held to just 44 yards on 13 tries.
      While the Spartans defense sparkled, including three fumble recoveries, so did their offense, piling-up 335 yards rushing, led by Mario Graziani, who peppered the Bulldogs for 192 yards and three touchdowns. Boardman’s fullback, Benji Roberts, also came up big, particularly on the Spartans final scoring thrust. He finished with 96 yards on the ground.
      McKinley drove into Boardman territory and reached the 39 yard line in the first quarter before coming to an abrupt halt when Graziani recovered a Pup fumble on a hit on Bulldogs quarterback Lee Hurst II by Alex Birchfield.
      Aided by a face mask penalty and a 25 yard Graziani run, the Spartans reached the Canton 36 yard line as time expired in the first period.
      The drive stalled and the Spartans punted on fourth and 7. Evan Croutch’s kick was downed on the 5 yard line.
      McKinley’s next possession ended three plays later when Erick Ritz came up with a fumble recovery on a hit by Alex Birchfield, and Boardman took over on the Pups 31 yard line with 9:02 left in the first half. A second down holding penalty against the Spartans pushed the ball back to the 33 yard line and Boardman faced a fourth and four at the 24 yard line. Graziani tried to run for the yardage, but was stopped by linebacker Zack Mayle and McKinley took over at the 22 yard line.
      Two plays later, Hurst II hit a wide open Bryce Short over the middle and at the 6:14 mark of the quarter, the Pups took a 7-0 lead on a PAT boot off the toe of Tyler Bliss.
      Graziani’s kickoff return gave the Spartans excellent field position at the 40 yard line and Boardman began to drive, reaching the 28 yard line in five plays. Behind a big block from Doug Kephart, Graziani ran down the right side of the field for a touchdown and the Spartans tied things up with 2:57 on the clock.
      McKinley’s next possession ended when their third fumble of the first half was gobbled-up by Alex Birchfield.
      Boardman had the first possession of the third quarter and went three and out.
      McKinley ran off a dozen plays covering 69 yards and took the lead when Hurst took a third and three run into the end zone. The PAT boot failed, but the Pups took the lead, 13-7, at the 5:26 mark of the third stanza.
      On the ensuing possession, the Spartans faced a third and 9 and went to Graziani who again went down the right side of the field, burning defensive back Tymeon Ollison for a second time, this one a 78 yard jaunt and the Spartans faced first and goal on the 8 yard line.
      Three plays later, Graziani broke the goal line from a yard out and Adam Deeley’s kick gave Boardman a 14-13 lead with 2:51 still left in the third frame.
      McKinley went three and out in the ensuing series, as Graziani sacked Hurst on second down to set up a third and 14; and on that play, a Hurst pass was no good, as the quarterback came under heavy pressure from Ritz. The Pups punted the ball away and Boardman took over on their own 20 yard line.
      Aided by a face mask penalty, Boardman moved to the 32 yard line. Roberts broke a 30 yard run to move the ball to the McKinley 38 yard line and two plays later, Roberts busted a 31 yard scamper to the Pups 7 yard line, behind big blocks from Kephart and Vince Valentini.
      Two plays later, Graziani dipped underneath would-be tacklers and his touchdown and another Deeley kick gave the Spartans a 21-13 lead with 9:18 remaining in the game.
      Hurst exited the game with an apparent hand injury as senior Chance Young led the Bulldogs the rest of the way, showing a strong passing arm.
      However, a big sack by Graziani forced McKinley into a second and 19. A Young pass completion lost two yards and a third down pass was intercepted by Matt Filipovich and Boardman got the ball back with 5:29 left in the game.
      The Spartans ran the clock down to less than two minutes, but were forced to punt and McKinley had one more chance, 54 yards from paydirt with 1:47 remaining.
      Young completed a first down pass and on the next play a completion moved the ball to the Boardman 47 yard line. Graziani and Devon Washington pressured Young on a third down pass that went incomplete and a fourth down pass sailed over the head of the receiver.
      Boardman took over with 57 seconds left in the game, and quarterback Sean Birchfled took a knee on two plays and the Spartans had a win in the final game ever at Boardman Stadium.
      The Spartans close out their season this Friday night with an away game against 4-5 Uniontown Lake Blue Streaks.
  Rusu, Meacham, Robb Clearly The Best Candidates  
  October 23, 2014 Edition  
     On Tues., Nov. 4, voters will cast their ballots in the general elections.
      In this election, three races draw particular interest---those for the Mahoning County Probate Court, Mahoning County Auditor and Seventh District Court of Appeals.
      Seeking to retain the seat he was appointed to by Gov. John Kasich is Judge Robert Rusu. He is opposed by Democrat Susan Maruca, former law office partner with County Dem Chair Dave Betras, who last week found a suspected pipe bomb outside a window of his Canfield law office.
      The race for Probate Court stands as a no-brainer. There is only one qualified candidate, and that is not Maruca. Her peers in the Mahoning County Bar Association did not recommend her for election, as the bar did not six years ago when she ran for the same seat.
      Vote for Judge Robert Rusu. He stands as the only qualified candidate for the Probate Court.
      Another race where voter responsibility is a no brainer is the contest for Mahoning County Auditor where incumbent Dem Mike Sciortino is opposed by GOP-endorsed Ralph Meacham.
      Mr. Sciortino’s tenure as auditor has been clouded by personal issues and issues with the law.
      Mr. Meacham is a former chief financial officer of the Pittsburgh Steelers, who has an unblemished track record.
      Mahoning County needs a fresh start in the auditor’s office, and only Mr. Meacham can provide that.
      For Mahoning County Auditor, vote for Ralph Meacham.
      In the Seventh District Court of Appeals, that spans a seven county area, Republican Susan Robb is facing Dem Anthony Donofrio.
      Judge Robb has served in the Columbiana County court system where she has developed several innovative programs while on the bench.
      Atty. Donofrio has a brother who already sits on the Seventh District bench.
      The Seventh District race is also a no brainer. Judge Robb has judicial experience and innovation on the bench as her standards.
      The appellate court does not need nepotismic representation from two brothers. It needs more diversity than that, all of which makes Judge Carol Robb best-suited for the seat on the Seventh District Court of Appeals.
  47 Years Ago, Boardman Man Became First Seabee Killed During The Vietnam Conflict  
  October 23, 2014 Edition  
     It was 47 years ago this week, on Oct. 23, 1967 that Lt. Joseph J. Rhodes, 28, of 44 Woodrow Ave., became the first Seabee officer in the United States to lose his life in the Vietnam Conflict.
      Lt. Rhodes, a 1957 graduate of Boardman High School where he was a member and linebacker with the football team, served as commander of Delta Company of Mobile Construction Company 121.
      He was killed when his jeep struck a Viet Cong land mine during a reconnaissance mission two miles south of Phu Bai. Two other servicemen lost their lives in that explosion, Gordon Dibble and Jon R. Morvay.
      Lt. Rhodes was laid to rest Nov. 2, 1963 with full military honors at Calvary Cemetery.
      After graduating from General Motors Institute in 1962, Rhodes joined the U.S. Navy, graduating from Officers Candidate School in 1963. Lt. Rhodes then spent a full year in Antartica, serving with the navy’s Operation Deep Freeze.
      While in Antartica, Lt. Rhodes received the Medal of Commendation for directing a medical evacuation near the South Pole.
      Upon completion of that tour, Lt. Rhodes re-enlisted for active duty in Feb., 1967 and requested he serve with a Seabee battalion headed for Vietnam. That is how he was assigned to Delta Company, to a battalion headquartered in Gulfport, Miss.
      “From the day he reported to us, his officer-like bearing and boundless enthusiasm caught the admiration of officers and enlisted men alike,” Commander W.N. Ahrens said of Lt. Rhodes, adding “His enthusiasm quickly became a mainspring of the battalion.”
      Dibble, a father of three boys and due to retire from the Navy in the spring of 1968, is said to have re-upped for his third tour in Vietnam because of his loyalty to Lt. Rhodes.
      “Theirs was an uncommon bond of loyalty,” Commander Ahrens recalled.
      Ahrens said that Lt. Rhodes was an ideal American youth.
      “If loyalty such as his would spring from every breast, our country would not be suffering the scourges that is presently endures,” Ahrens said.
      Lt. Rhodes duty to his country and fellow servicemen, did not go unnoticed by the U.S. Navy.
      On Memorial Day, 1968, new bachelor officers quarters, Rhodes Hall, was dedicated in his name at the Naval Station in Gulfport, where Mississippi congressman William Coalmer was the featured speaker.
      Directing his remarks to Rhodes mother Elizabeth, Rep. Coalmer noted “We extend to you, on behalf of the Congress of the United States, our sympathy and our gratitude for having furnished this splendid man who died on a foreign field in order that the rest of us might live and enjoy the institutions which we have in this country.”
      Former national commander of the U.S. Amvets, John P, Brown, of Tanglewood Dr., Boardman, said this week that Rhodes service to his country should not go unnoticed.
      “He made the ultimate sacrifice, for us,” Commander Brown said.
  Good Morning Boardman Event  
  Tressel: ‘Leadership...An Action An Individual Takes For The Greater Good’:   October 16, 2014 Edition  
     After winning four national titles as head coach of the Youngstown State Penguins, current YSU President Jim Tressel left the Mahoning Valley for 14 years, winning an NCAA national football championship at The Ohio State University and then serving as a vice-president at Akron University.
      He returned to the Valley earlier this year to become the ninth president in the history of YSU, and last Friday he was the featured speaker at a Good Morning Boardman breakfast held at the Community Center in Boardman Park. About 200 persons attended the event.
      “It is great to be back in the Mahoning Valley,” Tressel observed, noting “What has been done here in the last 14 years is extraordinary.”
      Sponsors of the event, First National Bank, ms consultants and the Regional Chamber, asked Tressel to speak about leadership, a word the YSU president said “is a misunderstood word.”
      Tressel opined that leadership “is not in your title or your rank.
      “Leadership is the actions an individual takes to serve the greater good...Regions that are successful is where everyone rises.”
      He said “At YSU, it is what we can do to serve the everyone rises.”
      Noting that student debt in the United States approaches $1.2 trillion, Tressel said concerns over that debt ‘keeps him up at night.’
      “We have to work extremely hard to make sure kids leave college with as little debt as possible so that when they graduate, they don’t have that anchor.”
      Also addressing the meeting were Thomas Costello, chair of Boardman Trustees; Tim Saxton, director of operations of the Boardman Local School District; and Dan Slagle, executive director of Boardman Park.
      Costello provided brief highlights of township government, noting “We have a team effort. Without that team effort of the some 150 township employees, the good things that are happening in Boardman Township, would not happen,” Costello said.
      He cited efforts by the Zoning Department to stabilize neighborhoods, including 18 homes that have been demolished and development of a new landlord registration program, “to help insure rental properties are maintained.”
      A road resurfacing program that includes purchase of asphalt with Canfield and Austintown has allowed Boardman to resurface 14 miles of roadway in two years.
      Costello also recognized new Fire Chief Mark Pitzer, and cited the completion of a $1.4 million communications system at the Boardman Police Department.
      Completion of the project was done without using taxpayer funds, Costello said, noting assets seized during drug raids, ‘from the bad guys’ paid for Boardman’s $700,000 share of the cost of the new system.
      In addition, the new communication system also allowed the police department to give emergency communication radios to the Southern Park Mall, Boardman Park and local schools.
      “These radios will allow us to have immediate and direct communication with those agencies during an emergency,” Costello said.
      Public Schools
      Saxton highlighted the effort to build a new stadium at Boardman High School, saying one had been planned when the high school was built in 1969. He said artificial turf has been installed at the site of the stadium and a ‘phase two’ of the project will be the construction of bleachers. Phase three would complete the stadium project, sometime in 2016, Saxton said.
      The stadium project includes a $1.7 million fund-raising drive that to date is woefully short of its goal, with the first game set at the new site for the fall for 2015.
      “We need the help of Boardman business,” Saxton said.
      He also touted Boardman High School’s Yes Fest program that was developed last year following the drug-related deaths of three former students ‘that shook the school system.’
      Saxton said the Yes Fest provides students positive options.
      Boardman Park
      Slagle began his career at Boardman Park in 1972 and during his lengthy tenure directing the park, its operations have flourished to the point where more than 400,000 people a year visit the 227-acre site.
      Slagle noted there is a proposed bikeway from the park to Boardman High School, and expressed hope that ‘someday’ there would be a bikeway along the Youngstown and Southern Railroad that stretches north to south along a five mile stretch in the township.
  West Blvd. Elementary School Rated In Top-10 In The State  
  October 2, 2014 Edition  
     According to the state report card, West Boulevard Elementary School ranked 10th out of 2,888 K-4 buildings in Ohio. The school earned a performance index score of 112.386.
      The Performance Index (PI) score measures the achievement of every student regardless of their level of proficiency. For the purposes of assigning letter grades, a PI score of 120 is considered to be a “perfect” score.
      West Blvd. Elementary School also met all four indicators on the state report card with 98.8% passage rate in all areas of testing.
      “Our staff, parents and school community hold each other to very high expectations. All stakeholders including the students, parents, grandparents and entire school staff have a wonderful working relationship which is a necessity to continue with this high quality of education,” said Principal Al Cervello.
      Cervello went on to say, “As always, we are proud of the accomplishments of our students and the support we receive from their families. The relationships we have are second to none. Thank you to the entire school community for working hard to continue the tradition of excellence here at West Blvd. Elementary School.”
  100 People Attend Civic Association Forum  
  September 18, 2014 Edition  
      The Boardman Civic Association held its annual candidates and issues forum on Monday night at the Lariccia Family Center in Boardman Park. About 100 persons attended the event.
      There will be no candidates for township trustee or school board on the November ballot, but there will be a $3.9-mil renewal issues for Boardman Local Schools, while Boardman Township will place two renewal issues on the ballot, including a three-tenths mil road a bridge renewal and a 2.5-mil current expenses renewal.
      Speaking in behalf of the school levy was Supt. Frank Lazzeri.
      The superintendent pointed out the system has met 24 of 24 indicators on its state report card while operating its some $45 million annual budget with sound fiscal management.
      A five-year forecast for the district indicates the public school system will have a positive fiscal balance through 2019, Lazzeri said.
      Boardman Township Administrator Jason Loree said the less than one-mil road and bridge issue is important for the operation of the road department, noting the $125,000 raised by the levy will help provide funds for salt purchases for the winter road program.
      Mahoning County Commissioner Carol Righetti told those in attendance the county has lost upwards of $10 million in revenue, including reductions in state subsidies and loss investment income.
      “We have done more with less,” Righetti said, adding in 2015 the county could face a $5 million deficit.
      Righetti said the county tax issue on the November ballot will combine current expense and an additional tax. The additional tax funds will be earmarked for the county’s justice system, including “the sheriff’s office, 9-1-, coroner and judges.”
      “We need your help,” Righetti said.
      Heidi Daniels, executive director of the county library system, said their tax issue seeks 2.4-mils.
      She said the library had a levy approved in 2010 at 2.8-mils, and the levy on the ballot will actually provide a reduction in taxes.
      “This levy will actually reduced taxes to the library by 11 per cent, without disrupting services,” Daniels offered.
      County Auditor’s Race
      Addressing members of the Civic Association were candidates for county auditor---incumbent and embattled auditor Mike Sciortino and his GOP challenger, Ralph Meacham, a former CFO of the Pittsburgh Steelers.
      Meacham said He called the sales tax “onerous and regressive,” noting if elected, “I would like to help reduce those taxes in the future,”
      Sciortino is embattled in his seat, facing a variety of allegations lodged by the state attorney general.
      He said he supported the sales tax, noting that he stands with Mahoning County sheriff’s deputies---”We need this tax because it is the right thing to do,” Sciortino said.
      Perhaps alluding to the legal issues he faces, Sciortino noted “These are dire times, don’t get side-tracked by the distractions.”
      County Probate Judge’s Race
      The county probate judge’s race features current probate Judge Robert Rusu facing Dem party challenger Susan Maruca.
      Rusu gained the seat by appointment of Ohio Gov. John Kasich, after Democrat Mark Belinky was forced out of office earlier this year in the face of legal problems he created during his campaigns for the seat.
      Maruca said her career in probate court began two decades agio and pointed out “My passion is helping families.”
      Rusu, a former president of the Mahoning County Bar Association, noted during his legal career that he has handled more than 1200 cases before the probate court. Since being appointed to the probate judgeship, Rusu said the court has been run effectively and efficiently.
      He also noted the probate court is responsible for 39 appointments to various boards in Mahoning County.
      “I will make sure we make good appointments,” Rusu pledged.
      Seventh District Court of Appeals
      Squaring off for a seat on the appellate court vacated by the retirement of Judge Joseph Vukovich are Judge Carol Robb and Atty. Anthony Donofrio.
      Robb pointed out she served four years as a magistrate in the Columbiana County Court of Common Pleas for four years, before being elected as a Columbiana County Municipal Court Judge in 2005.
      During her tenure on the bench, she noted she fostered several programs to provide assistance to individuals with unique needs, such as a program to aids those with mental health issues, and another to aid those with economic issues.
      Both programs has been used as models in other courts in Ohio.
      “I am here to earn your respect, so I can gain your support,” Robb said,
      Atty. Donofrio never directly mentioned that his brother already sits in the Seventh District bench, but did note his father once sat on the appeals bench that he now seeks.
      “This has been a lifelong ambition for me,” Donofrio said.
      59th District State Representative
      Incumbent Democrat Ron Gerberry is seeking re-election to the seat and if elected, it will be his last term in the Ohio House of Representatives due to term limitations.
      His is opposed by GOP candidate Paul Mitchell.
      Their race was distinguished by opinions on ‘Common Core standards for education.
      State education chiefs and governors in 48 states came together to develop the ‘Common Core,’ a set of clear college and career-ready standards for kindergarten through 12th grade in English language arts/literacy and mathematics. Today, 43 states have voluntarily adopted and are working to implement the standards, which are designed to ensure that students graduating from high school are prepared to take credit bearing introductory courses in two- or four-year college programs or enter the workforce.
      Rep. Gerberry said he supported the standards, Mitchell said he did not support the standards.
  September 18, 2014 Edition  
     MAHONING COUNTY PROBATE JUDGE ROBERT RUSU, pictured, spoke of his extensive experience in probate law, and also pledged to make responsible appointments to some 39 positions if he gains election to the seat in the November general elections. Rusu will be opposed by Atty. Susan Maruca, who failed to gain the endorsement of the Mahoning County Bar Association for the probate judgeship. Rusu has been endorsed by the bar association. Rusu is pictured as he spoke to members of the Boardman Civic Association on Monday night in Boardman Park.
  BHS Class of 1965 Reunion  
  September 18, 2014 Edition  
     The Boardman High School ‘Class of 1965’ has begun making plans for their 50th class reunion on Aug. 29, 2015.
      The committee is looking for current addresses of classmates. To contact the reunion group with names, addresses, phone numbers and email addresses, please contact either THeresa (Lopac) Cannon at 330-758-1339 or email or Waldene (Burnett) Kane at 330-726-9236 or email
  Boardman Football Stadium History  
  Ode To Boardman Stadium:   by John A. Darnell Jr, Assoc Editor   August 21, 2014 Edition  
     It was on Feb. 12, 1941, the Board of Education of the Boardman Rural School met to discuss the construction of a 2,000-seat football stadium for their Spartan grid team.
      Presiding over the school board was its president, Lloyd Dalby. Other members of the board were W.K. Allsopp, Joseph Miller, Myron Agnew and Fred Green.
      They met with architects Otto Kling and Robert Medicus, who offered several different plans for a stadium.
      Within two months, on Apr. 7, 1941, the school board approved letting bids for the construction of a reinforced, ‘concrete’ stadium, under plans drawn-up by Medicus.
      According to old Boardman Rural School records, the school board wanted to “get underway with building the project as soon as possible.”
      Erected in the summer of 1941 at a cost of $16,000, the new stadium was financed through a one-mil bond issue.
      As noted in the Boardman HS yearbook of 1942, the new stadium “was fully completed and ready for play on Nov. 15, 1941 the Saturday after Armistice Day.”
      That 1941 Spartans football team, under the direction of Head Coach Rib Allen featured a nine-game schedule, but the team was considered “quite question mark a few weeks before the season opened” in mid-September against Newton Falls.
      Allen’s Spartan charges answered any questions, reeling-off three, straight shutout wins---over the Falls (27-0), Lowellville (26-0) and Lisbon (26-0).
      Austintown stopped the win streak, besting the Spartans 26-13, and that was followed by a 3-0 loss Boardman suffered at the hands of Louisville.
      The Spartans then charged to three, straight wins, over Columbiana, East Palestine and Minerva, to set the stage for the big game in the brand new stadium, against Sebring at a time when both teams played for the coveted ‘Little Brown Jug.’
      The capacity crowd was brought to its feet when Boardman’s George Sullivan romped 65 yards for a touchdown on the first play of the game, and the Spartans claimed a 21-0 victory to finish at 7-2 on the season, including five, shutout wins.
      In the early years of Boardman Stadium, the Spartans were virtually unbeatable at home.
      In 1942, the Spartans under Allen went unbeaten at 9-0, outscoring their opponents by a huge margin, 349-6.
      Boardman opened the 1943 season on a 13-game win streak and built that to 22 games, again going 9-0 in that season, and outscoring their foes, 351-21. The win skein stretched to 24 games in the 1944 season before the Spartans finally lost a game, 33-0, to Youngstown East, for their only loss in an 8-1 season.
      Entering the 1945 season, no Boardman grid team had ever lost in their ‘new’ stadium.
      Boardman opened the ‘45 campaign with a 13-0 loss at the hands of Youngstown East in a contest played at Rayen Stadium, and moved to their second game, a home contest against Mingo Junction. The contest marked the first time a Boardman team had never won in Boardman Stadium. However, the Spartans didn’t lose, as the game ended in a 6-6 tie.
      Losing five of their first eight games in 1945 (all away games), Boardman closed out the year in the annual Little Brown Jug game on Nov. 10, and dropped a hard-fought 20-7 contest to the Sebring Trojans, the first time the a Spartan grid team ever lost a game at Boardman Stadium, and the first time the Spartans ever lost the Little Brown Jug since the tradition began in 1941. The loss dropped Boardman to a 2-7 log on the season.
      Upon the loss, Head Coach Rib Allen noted “Thus ended the worst season I have ever experienced.”
      The next ‘big event’ at Boardman Stadium came during the 1948 season when new ‘floodlights’ were installed after a fund-raising drive led by the Boardman Kiwanis Club.
      The Spartans went 4-5 that season, but filled Boardman Stadium with an overflow crowd of 3000 fans in a 19-0 upset win over heavily-favored Wellsville. Injuries plagued Boardman in the ‘48 season that allowed an underclassman, Angelo Ianucci to gain playing time in the backfield with the fleet Bob Vogt.
      In 1949, fans flocked to Boardman Stadium, as the Spartans went 7-2 led by Vogt, Jay Chuck and Ianucci. The season ended with an overflow crowd at the stadium as Boardman regained the Little Brown Jug toppling Sebring, 34-12. Vogt darted for 65 yards and a touchdown on the very first play of the game and finished with three TDs in the contest. Chuck added another TD to highlight the action.
      At the time, Vogt was labeled as one of the best players to ever don the maroon and white. He ended his senior year scoring a school record 148 points and earned honorable mention All-Ohio laurels.
      Another standout on the team was co-captain Dick Stevens, noted for his play on the defensive side of the ball. He gained first-team All-Ohio selection.
      Boardman Stadium saw the Spartans end play in the old Tri-County Conference in the 1950 season when they finished with a 7-1-1 mark, including a 60-13 victory over Sebring that kept the Little Brown Jug in Boardman’s possession forever. No Boardman team has ever gained more yards at Boardman Stadium than the Spartans did against the Trojans, piling-up 625 yards of offense as the ‘TD Twins,’ fullback Jay Chuck tallied 32 points and left halfback Ianucci added 21 more.
      In its final season in the Tri-County Conference, six Spartans earned first team All-League honors includng Chuck, Ianucci, and four starters on the offensive line, center Duke Wellington, guards Frank Santangelo and Dick Beck, and tackle Al Hammar.
      Moving into the Steel Valley Conference against Steel Town teams like Campbell Memorial, Girard and Struthers, the Spartans struggled to find ways to win during the decade of the 50s.
      That span, however, put arguably one of the greatest gridders ever to play in a Boardman uniform on the field, Butch Anderson.
      Anderson’s feats are legendary. Playing under Head Coach Jerry Thorpe, Anderson piled-up 200 yards or more rushing with regularity. With Anderson voted as the Best Back in the Steel Valley Conference and third team All-Ohio in 1956, and Dick LaLumia and Ed Abel gaining SVC laurels, Boardman complied a 7-2 log.
      After falling 30-0 in their opener at Campbell, the Spartans returned to a packed house at Boardman Stadium and blitzed the Woodrow Wilson Presidents, 20-2. Anderson had two TDs in the game.
      After beating Niles McKinley for the first time in 27 years, Boardman engaged the Girard High Indians and walked away with a 34-13 victory. In was in that game, Anderson scored four TDs while rushing for nearly 300 yards.
      Anderson was injured in a 12-0 loss to Hubbard in the sixth game of the season and missed the seventh game, an 18-7 loss to the Salem Quakers.
      Boardman Stadium hosted the Spartans final two games of the ‘56 season.
      The Spartans faced Struthers and won their first game ever against the Wildcats, 34-12. In that game, Anderson played just six plays due to his knee injury, but scored on three, long TD runs.
      The Spartans finished the season against Austintown. Anderson, so legend goes, played on gimpy knees and paced the Spartans to a 32-0 victory.
      Longtime Spartan grid fan and former Boardman gridder Jim Nichols was at that game and recalls on one play, Anderson took an end-around and romped 59 yards for a score, But the play was called back due to an off-sides penalty.
      The Spartans called the same play on the next play, and Anderson went 64 yards for a TD!
      With Thorpe still at the reigns, and coming off a 3-6 year in 1959, in 1960 Boardman moved to their first-ever Steel Valley title with a 6-4 overall record, including 6-2 in the SVC.
      Boardman fielded what many call its best team ever in 1961, posting an unbeaten 9-0 record and ending the season ranked fifth in the state of Ohio.
      During that season, there was never an empty seat in the house at Boardman Stadium, as 5000 to 6000 fans attended each game, most of them standing five or six deep around the field.
      Quarterback Mike Shasby, fullback Nick Nardacci, with help from halfback Earl Brown, and lonesome end Jimmy Huston paced the offense. Boardman’s huge offensive line featured Bob Schaal, Mike DelVesco, Dick Friend and All-Ohio first team pick Ralph Nespeca. Though only a sophomore, the punting of Don Ross pinned Boardman opponents in tight positions all season long. The Spartans outscored their foes, 226-36 on the season.
      Biggest win of the season came against Salem, when the only score of a 6-0 game came on a tackle-eligible pass from Shasby to Nespeca. Ironically, it was the same play (this one covered 17 yards) in the first home game of that season that gave Boardman a 12-6 win over Youngstown South High’s Warriors.
      Under the direction of Steve Sonoga, the 1965 edition of the Boardman Spartans won the Steel Valley crown with Larry Tracy at quarterback, argued by some as one of the best-ever to suit-up for the maroon and white.
      The Spartans posted an 8-1 log that season, losing an unbeaten season in an away game to Struthers, 6-0, in the final game.
      A big game that season at home featured the Rayen Tigers as foes before a crowd of 6000 fans and Boardman managed just 121 yards in total offense on the night and still came away with a 14-9 victory.
      Trailing 9-8 with just over six minutes left, Tracy rolled out to pass and was trapped in the backfield. But he outmaneuvered Tiger defenders and slipped around right end for a first down. Five plays later he scored the winning TD with 49 seconds left in the game.
      Another big home game that season saw Boardman entertain Hubbard’s Eagles. Tracy had three, first half TDs on runs of 80, 45 and 40 yards and added another score on a 50-yard romp in the second half, finishing with 265 yards on the ground. The Spartans claimed a 38-20 victory.
      Among other stalwarts on that team were first-team All-SVC picks Don Fisher, Jeff Heaver and Tom Batholomew.
      Jim Orr and Larry Saxton coached brief tenures for the Spartans, as fans continued to flock to Boardman Stadium, and Orr’s 1970 teams took the SVC championship.
      Following Saxton’s resignation, the Boardman School Board hired Gene Pushic as head grid coach and his 1981 team is the last Spartan grid team to ever finish unbeaten, at 6-0, in a season blemished by a lengthy teacher’s strike. The 1980 season was most memorable, as quarterback of the team was Bernie Kosar, who just a few years later led the Miami Hurricanes to an NCAA national title. Kosar ended his career with the Spartans as the school’s most prolific passer with 2,222 yards.
      While Rib Allen’s grid teams of the early 40s went unbeaten for two straight seasons, in the modern era, likely the best head coach ever for the Spartans was Bill Bohren. He took over 1984 and before ever leading the Spartans onto the field, his first job was to take a paint brush and spruce-up Boardman Stadium. On many days prior to the start of his first season, Coach Bohren could be found painting the old concrete stands.
      It was also under Coach Bohren that Boardman added some great schools to its schedule, notably the Steubenville Big Red and the St. Ignatius Wildcats. When those teams came to Boardman Stadium, the facility was filled to capacity.
      At the outset of his tenure, Spartan fans often expressed displeasure with Bohren’s up-the-middle, run-oriented offense. But his teams won and coach Bohren ended his tenure with the Spartans as the winningest coach in the modern era.
      Bohren’s teams elevated their contests with Cardinal Mooney to new heights, as every game the two teams played at Boardman Stadium was filled to capacity and an excitement not seen since the days of the 1961 team. Bohren’s teams squared-off nine times with Don Bucci Cards, with Mooney ending with a 5-4 advantage in the series, two of which were overtime thrillers.
      In 1987, Boardman went all the way to the state title game before losing to Cincinnati Princeton, 14-6. Only blemish on the regular-season slate was a 7-6 loss to Mooney (who by the way won a state title that season). In marked the only time in the history of Boardman grid program the Spartans vied for a state football title.
      At one of those Bohren vs. Bucci, Boardman vs. Mooney grid games at Boardman Stadium, on Sept. 29, 1989, (BHS posted a 19-6 win). Ron Stoops Sr., Cardinal Mooney’s defensive coordinator for many years, suffered a heart attack near the end of the contest while on the sidelines. He died on the way to the hospital.
      In 1993, Dan Pallante, an assistant under Bohren, took over the reigns and one of his teams won perhaps the biggest upset game ever played at Boardman Stadium.
      September 30, 1994
      The Stunner
      Standing 4-0 and ranked No.1 in Ohio and fourth in USA Today’s “Super 25,” the St. Ignatius Wildcats traveled to Steel Valley country to face Pallante’s Boardman Spartans.
      In front of a packed house of more than 6,000, Boardman, sparked by two third quarter touchdowns by fullback Jim Tracy, including a 71-yard gallop, snapped Saint Ignatius’ 38-game winning streak, 18-14. The Spartans trailed, 14-3, at halftime.
      It marked the Wildcats’ first loss since a 14-10 setback to St. Edward in Week 8 of the 1991 season.
      The ‘94 Wildcats swallowed that tough setback in Boardman and ran off nine consecutive victories, including a 20-3 victory over Westerville South in the Division I state championship game at Massillon’s Paul Brown Tiger Stadium.
      September 30, 1994
      The Stunner
      Standing 4-0 and ranked No.1 in Ohio and fourth in USA Today’s “Super 25,” the St. Ignatius Wildcats traveled to Steel Valley country to face Pallante’s Boardman Spartans.
      In front of a packed house of more than 6,000, Boardman, sparked by two third quarter touchdowns by fullback Jim Tracy, including a 71-yard gallop, snapped Saint Ignatius’ 38-game winning streak, 18-14. The Spartans trailed, 14-3, at halftime.
      It marked the Wildcats’ first loss since a 14-10 setback to St. Edward in Week 8 of the 1991 season.
      The ‘94 Wildcats swallowed that tough setback in Boardman and ran off nine consecutive victories, including a 20-3 victory over Westerville South in the Division I state championship game at Massillon’s Paul Brown Tiger Stadium.
      Notable Games
      At Boardman Stadium
      Fri., Oct. 25, 1985
      Boardman 30 - The Rayen School 0
      7,500 fans jammed into and around Boardman Stadium, as the Spartans trounced previously unbeaten Rayen, 30-0. Extra police were on hand for the game, making two arrests for intoxication and two for disorderly conduct.
      Tom Pipoly and Brad Smith rushed for 94 and 77 yards respectively to key the Spartan offense. 55 of Smith’s yards came on Boardman’s first possession of the game, an 88-yard march capped by a Smith, 22-yard TD jaunt. Mike Pollifrone booted 4 PATs and a 21-yard field goal for the Spartans.
      Boardman’s defense was stout. Linebacker Don Mook cracked a Rayen runner, forcing a fumble that was gobbled-up by Tom Velasquez. Brad Barringer intercepted a pass by Tigers QB Tony Donaldson, and so did Mook.
      The win lifted the Spartans to an 8-1 log, their only loss coming, 27-7, at the hands of Mooney.
      Fri., Sept. 17, 1986
      Austintown 7 - Boardman 0
      A Leo Hawkins 78 yard TD run provided the only scoring of the game in the second quarter. Although Fitch outgained the Spartans, 263-209, Boardman’s defense held the Falcons to just 10 yards on the ground in the second half. A Ron Strollo pass interception killed an early Spartans drive deep into Fitch territory in the first quarter. Fitch mounted a drive on the next possession that ended when Tony Veitz intercepted an Eric Luckage pass. Boardman moved rapidly downfield, keyed by a 28 yard run by quarterback Brad Barringer. A Barringer to D.J. Ogilvie pass connection gave the Spartans a first down, but the play was nullified by a penalty. The drive stalled on two straight incomplete passes on third and fourth downs. Boardman’s final possession of the game ended inside the five yard line with 50 seconds left on the clock. Fullback Kevin Nashbar’s fourth and two thrust came-up two inches short of a first down to preserve the Falcon win. More than 9000 fans watched the game.
      Fri., Oct. 15, 1987
      Boardman 7 - Ursuline 0
      One of the largest crowds in many years, close to 9500 fans, rimmed all of Boardman Stadium as the Spartans handed the Irish their first loss of the season after six straight wins. The victory kept Boardman’s playoff hopes alive.
      The Spartans notched the only points of the game on their first possession, covering 75 yards.
      Running backs Jason Marucci and Jeff Austin gained big yards behind the blocking of guard Tony Innocenzi and tackle Bill Schaffer. On the only scoring play of the game, the Spartans moved to the Irish 10 yard line, keyed by a pair of passes from quarterback Kris Bjorson to Ed Wroblewski; and another aerial connection to Ron Flauto. Marucci capped the drive with a one-yard plunge, and a Joe Lyden PAT boot ended the scoring in the game.
      A big play in the game came when Irish tailback Clinton Lynch was halted on a fourth and one, at the goal line, by a host of Spartan tacklers, including Jeff Kohout, Butch Scullen, Bill Christoff and Doug Velasquez. It was a Velasquez tackle on third and one that featured in the goal line stand.
      Fri., Sept. 20. 1991
      Boardman 16 - Warren Harding 7
      8200 fans jammed Boardman Stadium to see Bill Bohren’s Spartans top defending Div. I state champions and USA Today’s number one team in America, Warren Harding, 16-7. Boardman entered the game as 16-point underdogs.
      Boardman got the first possession of the game and was forced to punt. Chad Smithberger’s punt was downed by Eric Poplar on the one yard line. Harding moved swiftly to the Boardman 30 yard line. The drive stalled there, on a Jason Mericle quarterback sack.
      A bad snap from Center gave Harding the ball on Boardman’s 26 yard line in the second quarter, and from there Aaron Whatley skirted around left end for Harding’s lone tally of the game.
      The Spartans knotted things at 7-7 in the third quarter, as junior tailback Brad Williams four yard TD burst gave the Spartans their first score of the game.
      Keyed by a 41 yard run by Aaron Boyarko, Boardman moved several possessions later to the Harding one yard line. Williams broke up the middle and Boardman held a 13-7 margin. A Smithberger 20 yard field goal midway through the final stanza provided the final margin.
      Harding’s final threat died inside Boardman territory when Jason Triveri tipped a Joe Mars pass. The win evened Boardman’s record at 2-2.
      Oct. 31, 1997
      Boardman 38 Alliance 27
      In the final game of the season, quarterback Jeff Ryan tossed four times to Bryan Ignazio for 152 yards, including TD tosses of 45 and 77 yards to spur the Spartans. The hard-nosed Ryan finished his senior season completing 126 of 280 passes for 1835 yards and 17 TDs, and also ran for 329 yards and a dozen touchdown. Against Alliance, Ryan went 13 of 25 for 285 yards, and added 72 yard rushing.
      Nov. 5, 1998
      Boardman 21 - Cardinal Mooney 14
      6400 fans watched as the Spartans upset Mooney, 21-14, to gain a share of the Steel Valley Conference crown with the Cards. Mooney dipped to 8-2 while Boardman ended its season at 6-4.
      Boardman took a 7-0 first quarter lead when tailback Andy Zetts tallied and Jim Kautz booted the PAT.
      A 75-yard scamper down the right side of the field by Spartan quarterback Matt Sammon boosted Boardman into a 14-7 third quarter lead, but Mooney answered with a drive of its own and tied things up at 14-14 on a Jeff Rich TD.
      A Sammon TD pass to Steve Sadlak was the clincher for the Spartans.
      Fri., Sept. 23, 1999
      Boardman 21 - Steubenville 12
      The Big Red and the Spartans entered the game with identical 5-0 logs. Steubenville entered the contest averaging 44 points a game and Big Red fans began gathering at the stadium three hours before kickoff. About 4500 fans watched the game, as the Spartans entered ranked #2 in their region of the OHSAA grid standings.
      Evan Beard bulled 26 yards for a TD that gave the Spartans a 21-7 command, as Cap Capraruolo added his third straight PAT boot. Beard paced the Spartan ground game with 85 yards, many of which were gained with defenders wrapped around him.
      Boardman’s second score of the game was set up when Tony Ventresco forced a fumble that Nelson Navarro recovered at the Big Red 24 yard line.
      Fri., Aug. 28, 2009
      ‘The Renewal’
      Cardinal Mooney 23 - Boardman 17
      After mis-steps by the Boardman High School Athletic Department forced the Boardman-Mooney grid rivalry to be abandoned following the 2003 season, the biggest rivalry on the Spartans gridrion was renewed in the opening game of the 2009 season. 8700 fans packed into Boardman Stadium to watch the Spartans outgain the Cards, but lose a 23-17 game. Mooney’s defense swiped five Spartan aerials out of the air to key the win.
      Boardman gained the early advantage. Ty Walls notched a first quarter TD for the first tally of the game. The score was set up by a Noah Patoray fumble recovery.
      Joe Stoops intercepted a Ron Boyd pass and darted 64 yards to the Spartans 28 yard line to set up Mooney’s first score. That came when Mark Brandenstein scored at the 2:18 mark of the first period. Mooney missed the PAT and Boardman held a 7-6 lead.
      A scramble by Card quarterback Alex Zordich late in the second period allowed Mooney’s A.J. Fox to boot a 22 yard field goal and Mooney held a 9-7 lead at the half.
      The Spartans got the first possession of the third quarter and drove into the red zone. But Braylon Heard intercepted a Boyd pass and darted 95 yards for a touchdown as Mooney charged into a 16-7 lead.
      Boardman got the ball back and swiftly moved into scoring position, keyed by a Boyd to Chase Hammond pass the covered 78 yards. The drive ended with another interception, this one by Card defender John Stoops.
      The Cards went to their vaunted ground game and boosted their margin to 23-7 when sophomore running back Charlie Brown scored.
      Late in the third period, Boardman got three points on a Trevor Ragan field goal
      The Spartans got their final tally of the game with 7:10 remaining, when Boyd tallied from a yard out to make the score 23-17.
      Boardman had two more shots to at least tie the game. One drive ended with another interception by John Stoops.
      With near two minutes left in the game, Boardman got the ball back 45 yards from paydirt. A Brandenstein quarterback sack on fourth down insured Mooney of the victory.
      On the night, the Spartans outgained the Cards, 283-163.
      Fri., Oct. 14, 2011
      Boardman 17 - Canton GlenOak 14
      After eight years of labor in the Stark County-based Federal League, Boardman won its only Fed League title, defeating previously unbeaten Canton Glen Oak’s Eagles. (The Spartans tied with GlenOak and Canton McKinley) for the title
      Dayne Hammond intercepted a Reid Worstell pass with 1:36 left in the game to preserve the win. A sparse crowd of about 3500 fans watched the action.
      Nate Jones scampered 39 yards for Boardman’s first tally. A Ryan Pollifrone pitch to Devin Campbell gave the Spartans a TD, while Ian Simmons booted a 27 yard field goal to give Boardman the halftime lead.
  Teacher Who Is Suing Boardman Schools  
  Gets Retire-Rehire Contract:   July 31, 2014 Edition  
     A longtime Boardman Local School teacher, who was injured during an emergency preparedness drill in Apr., 2013, and who is suing Boardman Township and Boardman Local Schools, is among several teachers who have been hired by the school board under the system’s retire-rehire program.
      Meeting on Monday night, the Boardman Local School Board rehired McClain for the 2014-2015 school year at his ‘same’ position, an eighth grade English teacher at Center Middle School.
      According to documents on file in the Mahoning County Court of Common Pleas, McClain was injured on Apr. 3, 2013 during an active-shooter, emergency training drill held at Boardman High School. During the course of the exercise, McClain entered the school building as an unannounced visitor who failed to heed orders to halt.The lawsuit claims McClain was “willfully, purposely, intentionally, recklessly, wantonly and without cause tackled.”
      According to the law suit, McClain “suffered serious, debilitating and permanent injuries, including, but not limited to non-displaced right hip intertrochanteric fracture and surgical neck fracture of the right proximal humerus.”
      The lawsuit says that McClain “suffered permanent traumatic and significant life altering injuries...and will continue to endure great pain and suffering, incur medical and rehabilitation expenses, suffer lost wages and an impairment of his earning capacity,” as well as “be unable to perform many usual functions.”
      The suit seeks at least $25,000 in damages.
      Under terms of the retire-rehire program, McClain retired from his position that carried a $70, 478 annual salary plus benefits and is now rehired at an annual rate of $39.954, and he must provide his health insurance costs.
      McClain filed the suit against the school system and township in Nov., 2013, only after a claim for worker’s compensation had been denied.
      That claim was initially denied on Apr. 15, 2013. McClain appealed the denial and the decision was reversed in his favor on June 3, 2013.
      However, the reversal was appealed and on Aug. 29, 2013, hearing officer Dwayne Bodzenta denied McClain’s claim in its entirety.
      McClain filed an appeal of that decision before the Industrial Commission of Ohio, who refused to hear the appeal.
      McClain has appealed that decision in Mahoning County Common Pleas Court and a non-oral hearing on summary judgement has been set for Aug. 25.
      McClain’s suit against the school system and township will not be finalized for some time. Magistrate Eugene Fehr has ordered that all depositions in the matter must be filed by June 1, 2015.
      Other who were granted retire-rehire contracts by the school board include Nicholas Opritza, supervisor of the Performing Arts Center; and Sandra Bates, middle school art teacher.
  July 31, 2014 Edition  
Chief Mark Pitzer
     BOARDMAN TOWNSHIP’S NEW FIRE CHIEF, MARK PITZER, was sworn into office during ceremonies held on Monday at the Township Government Center. Pitzer, at left, succeeds George Brown (in background at right). Pitzer will receive an annual salary of $72,000. He joined the Boardman Fire department in Nov. 2003. In announcing the new chief, Trustee Thomas Costello credited Chief Brown with “getting us into the position where we are promote from within.” Pitzer was among five applicants for the post.
  Lions Club Offers Free Coats For Kids  
  July 31, 2014 Edition  
     For families who are experiencing financial difficulties, and their kids need new coats for the winter, the Boardman Lions want to help.
      Applications for the Lions Club’s annual New Coats for Kids Program are also available on our Lions website: and in the Boardman Library. Applications should be mailed to the address on the application.
      Application deadline is Fri., Sept. 12. Applicants must be a Boardman resident to apply. Qualified applicants will be notified by mail. Families will be invited to a night at Target in the Shops at Boardman Park to select their coats.
      Persons or groups that would like to donate to the program can view the Lions website for a variety of options.
      Questions can be answered by calling Lion Laura at 330-788-5794.
  Gretta Knows......  
  Love Never Fails:   July 31, 2014 Edition  
      Paws to you my friends! I’m awake early today! A group of my heavenly pals and I have decided to go off on an adventure! We decided to explore the heavens to see what is beyond the meadow hill where we have stayed since our arrivals here in our beautiful heavenly home! There are no boundaries here! We are free to go wherever we wish, but we have been content and happy right here, and really haven’t thought about venturing out beyond our comfort zone!
      We were barking amongst ourselves a few days ago and thought maybe there are other things to see, other dogs and cats to meet or help in some way. There just might be more for us to do beyond our little piece of heaven!
      There is an instinct we all seem to possess, that there might be more to our lives than just lying comfortably or playing and enjoying the beautiful home we now reside in! We each are given a special gift from God, something unique that has been entrusted to us to carry through. We just need to listen and trust our own inner messages to lead us to the use the gift we have been given.
      While on earth, some of us dogs were there to give love and comfort to our masters, to bring joy to those around us. Some of us helped our masters hunt. Some of us were eyes to our blind masters. Some of us aided policeman to help keep our communities safe. Some of us visited the sick in hopes to bring a smile. Each of us gave something special to those around us.
      Oh, here they come! The lab gang, Remington, Ruger, Dutch, Sebastian, and Kachina, followed by Ziti, Tank, Rasta, and BB. I run down the meadow hill to greet them! We all bark and howl with excitement as we begin our journey. Suddenly the felines, Squeeky and Lucky, jump above the meadow grass meowing, as they join us.
      Of course it’s not long til the lab gang leads us down to the creek, and we all begin running and splashing in the flowing water. The creek winds around throughout this heavenly world, and the lab gang convinces us that it is the best path to follow! I think the lab gang had an ulterior motive of being able to play in their favorite place as we proceed on our journey.
      Ziti and Tank along with Lucky and Squeeky, were running on the shoreline, when we hear barks and meows! We all run up the bank of the creek and see Tank and Ziti digging. Lucky explained that they found a large flat stone, partially sticking above the surface. As they got closer they noticed something carved on the exposed surface. We all started digging in anticipation of being able to see what secret message might be revealed.
      Once the surface was uncovered, I barked the words that were carved in the stone....
      “Love is patient, is kind, it does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud, it is not rude, it is not self seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs, love never fails.”
      There was we gazed at the words! Remington barks out, “It’s a dog’s creed.” Ruger adds, “Yes, if we put each of our names in front of these phrases, we have truly lived our lives this way.” Lucky meows, “Even us cats have these virtues instilled in our hearts.”
      “Living a life of receiving and giving love has united us in this beautiful heavenly paradise,” Ziti barks a reply.
      “Each and every day I would run to greet my masters when they came to the door, never complaining about being left home alone, for their presence and love filled me with joy, and I knew they would return,” Sebastian added.
      I barked, “I loved walks with my master, and waited patiently until he’d get the leash and say c’mon let’s go! I confess that I may have paced a little or nudged his leg, to spur him on. But, oh how excited I was! Time spent with just my master and me! I am so glad we had those ‘love’ walks. I’ll remember them forever.”
      Tank howled,”We may not always act perfectly, but love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, and endures all things. Faith, hope and love abide in our lives...but the greatest of these is love.” Everyone hi-pawed and howled in agreement.
      Well now it is time for a nap. As we lay by the stone, heads placed between our paws, doggy grins abound, peace surrounds us, and tails awaggin’... for in our hearts we know love and love never fails.
      ** Excerpts from 1 Corinthians 13
  Mark Fulks Chosen To Fill Unexpired Term  
  Of Nik Amstutz On Boardman School Board:   July 24, 2014 Edition  
Mark Fulks
     From a field of seven candidates, the Boardman Board of Education met last week to appoint former school board member Mark Fulks, 658 Saddlebrook Dr., to replace its former president, Nik Amstutz, 50, who died June 20, of heart-related issues.
      Fulks served four terms on the school board and was ousted from his seat last year when Vickie Davis gained a seat on the board.
      School Board Vice President, Kim Poma, who assumed the presidency after Amstutz’s passing, said, “Every candidate was very impressive. Boardman is so lucky to have people of this caliber who would like to be involved in service to our school district. Mark Fulks’ 16 years on the board will be a great asset to the board, the schools, and the community as we face continued economic challenges, and upcoming decisions such as succession planning and stadium development.”
      Fulks was chosen by a unanimous vote of 4-0, including Poma, Davis, Fred Davis and John Landers.
      Each candidate submitted applications for appointment to the seat previously held by Amstutz.
      Fulks was chosen from a field of candidates that include Carmen Amadio, Jim McCreary, Joshua Prest, Don Riccitelli, Greg Smith and Cheryl Tarantino.
      Carmen Amadio
      Amadio, 55, of West Glen Dr., is the owner of Tesone’s Boot and Shoe Repair. He previously ran for a seat on the school board on two occasions. He holds a degree in business administration from Youngstown State University.
      Amadio’s references included Fr. Greg Matury, of St. Dominic’s Church; Dr. Ken Learman, 556 West Glen Dr.; and Tom Ruggieri, Boardman High School marching band director.
      He and his wife, Becky, have three children, all of whom graduated from Boardman High School.
      Amadio is a member of St. Dom, where he holds a seat on the parish council. He is also a past president of the Boardman Band and Orchestra Parents.
      In 1996, the Amadio family became involved with a program called the Children of Chernobyl, sponsoring a 9-year-old child, Nastya, from Belarus.
      “For the next nine years, she stayed with us and became part of our family for two months every summer,” Amadio recalled.
      In his letter of application for the vacant school board seat, Amadio noted “I have always had a passion in giving my time and talents to kids and to the community.”
      Mark Fulks
      Fulks, 58, of Saddlebrook Dr., was elected to the Boardman of Education in 1997 and served as board president three times, in 2002, 2006 and 2010. He is a graduate of the United States Air Force Academy with a bachelor of science degree in astronautical engineering.
      Since 1985, he has been a pilot for US Airways and he and his wife, Lorraine, have owned and operated Treasured Moments Bridal since Aug., 2003. The couple’s three children have all attended Boardman Local Schools.
      Fulks is a member of the Boardman Booster Club and past president and founding member of the Quail Hollow Home Owners Association.
      Fulks’s references included Supt. Frank Lazzeri, and former Boardman superintendents Don Dailey, Eisenhower Dr., and Larry Saxton, Lockwood Blvd.
      Jim McCreary
      McCreary, of Green Garden Dr., has been employed with the Boardman Fire department, and a member of its union, since Aug., 1991. He also has been employed as a fire-fighter with the Cardinal Joint Fire District since Aug., 2005.
      McCreary, a graduate of Struthers High School, attended Youngstown State University. He is a member of the Mahoning County Metro Arson Task Force and the International Association of Arson Investigators.
      His references included Mrs. Linda Smrek, Havenwood Dr.; Atty. Dave Comstock, Hummingbird Hill Dr., Poland; and Mrs. Amy Wilson, Rockland Dr.
      He and his wife, Amy, are the parents of two daughters, who are both graduates of Boardman High School.
      “Through my many experiences, I realize I still have a lot to contribute to the students and the school system, and would appreciate this opportunity to become more involved to help shape the future,” McCreary stated in his letter of application for Amstutz’s seat.
      Joshua Prest
      Prest, of Ewing Rd., graduated from Boardman High School in 2009 and from Youngstown State University in 2013, earning a bachelor of arts degree in political science. While at YSU, Prest was appointed as a student member to the university’s board of trustees. From May, 2011 to Aug., 2011, he served as an intern in the office of Congressman Bill Johnson; and in 2012 he was a member of the campaign committee for the Committee to Re-Elect Seventh District Court of Appeals Judge Mary DeGenrao.
      He is currently employed as a regional representative for eastern Ohio with State treasurer Josh Mandel.
      Prest has been a member of the Boardman Relay for Life Committee since 2009.
      His references included Scott Schulick. Seville Dr., Canfield; John Torek, Glenridge Dr.; and Danielle Procopio, Ashley Circle, Austintown.
      Don Riccitelli
      Riccitelli, 35, of Green Garden Dr., is a graduate of McDonald High School and attended Youngstown State University from 1997-2000.
      His wife, Karen, is an intervention specialist at Boardman High School and the couple has two children who are currently attended Boardman Schools.
      Since Mar., 2013, Riccitelli has been employed as a sales/leasing consultant with Stadium GM. From Mar., 2005 to mar., 2013, he was employed as project manager/development with the W.C.Zabel Co.
      Riccitelli is a director/coach of the Boardman girls youth basketball program and a freshman coach with the Boardman High School Lady Spartans freshman team.
      His references included Denise Gorki, Boardman High School athletic director; State Sen. Joe Schiavoni, Westport Dr.; and Boardman HS head girls basketball coach Jeff Hammerton, Deer Run Dr.
      In his letter of interest for a seat on the school board, Riccitelli noted “Throughout my years living in Boardman, I have been extremely impressed with all of the things that Boardman has to offer its schools and its community. I feel honored to have been involved in many aspects of the community, from fund raisers to creating a youth girls basketball league. It seems as though I have become the ‘go-to’ person to help organize and carry out projects, from conception to completion. I enjoy being involved in the schools and community projects/events...
      “I have been looking for ways to become more involved within out Boardman community and I feel that I could absolutely contribute to the ongoing success of our community.”
      Greg Smith
      Smith, 49, of Twin Oaks Ct., is chairman of the board of Compco Industires; and president of Captured Moments Art Inc., (photo-realism art and photography). He is a 1984 graduate of Boardman High School and holds a bachelor of science degree in business marketing from Miami University, and a masters of business administration degree from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln/Gallup University. In 1985 he served as an intern with Cong. Bob McEwan.
      He is a member of Toastmasters #408, Argus Lodge #545 F&AM, the Youngstown Shrine Club and has been a volunteer with Junior Achievement since 1988.
      His references included Jim Tressel, president of Youngstown State University; Rev. Sean Kelly, pastor at Greenford Christian Church; Dr. John Maxwell (via his administrator Linda Eggers) and Atty. Joe Houser, who serves as judge at Boardman Court.
      Smith and his wife, Nancy, have four children, none of whom have attended Boardman Local Schools.
      In a brief biography submitted with his application for Amstutz’s seat, Smith noted he has “vast experience with teamsters, unions and both volunteer and for-profit staffs.”
      Smith is a member of the board of directors of the Bruce Lee Foundation, and holds certifications from Tony Robbins Neuro-Linguistic Programming and Ken Blanchard in Situational Leadership. He is also certified as a Jeet Kune Do instructor and holds a sixth degree black belt in Kempo Martial.
      Cheryl Tarantino
      Tarantino, of Greenfield Dr., has served since Aug., 2013 as executive director of Northeast Ohio Adoption Services. A 1982 graduate of Boardman High School, she earned a bachelor of arts degree in international business from Mt. Union College in 1986.
      She serves as president of the Boardman High School Alumni Association; as webmaster, historian and past secretary of the Boardman Gridiron Club; is a past president of the Boardman High School PTA; serves on the Boardman Community Baseball board of directors and served on Boardman Local School levy committees in 2006 and 2012.
      Her references included Supt. Frank Lazzeri, Mark Luke, Tanglewood Dr., and Rich Shafer, Truesdale Rd.
      Fulks was chosen by a unanimous vote of 4-0, including Poma, Davis, Fred Davis and John Landers. He will be sworn in at the board’s meeting on Mon., July 28.
      “The selection we are required to make is a privilege and obviously one to be taken seriously, with the best interest of Boardman Schools at heart,” Poma told her follow board members prior to scheduling interviews with the finalists for Amtutz’s seat.
  School District Has Guidelines On Cyber Information, Use Of Computers  
  July 17, 2014 Edition  
     “E-mails travel over the internet where unauthorized individuals may gain access...Therefore, it may still be best for parents to utilize another method of communication when informing a teacher of particularly sensitive material or
      requesting a teacher to do the same.”
      Meeting last month, the Boardman Local School Board approved policies on the use of computer programs and networking, as well as an ‘Acceptable Use’ policy and agreement for the faculty and staff of the system’s some 550-plus employees.
      The acceptable use policy “encourages teachers, students, staff and other school community members to use social networking media,” including DRUND, Trwitter and Facebook, “as a way to connect with others, share educational resources, create and curate educational content, and enhance the classroom experience.”
      The acceptable use policy suggests a variety of guidelines to be followed when “representing [the Boardman Local Schools] in the virtual world.”
      Those guidelines include:
       •Use good judgement
       •Assume all information on a social network is public information
       •Unless specifically authorized to represent [the school system] as a spokesperson, state that views expressed in postings (as belonging to the person who posted the message)
       •Be a good listener...ask questions directly and to share feedback
       •Don’t share confidential information...Online conversations are never private. Do not use a birth date, address or cell phone number on any public web site
       •To insure personal safety, use caution about the amount of personal information provided on the web.
       •Avoid talking about personal schedules or situations
       •Never give out, or transmit personal information of students, parents or co-workers
       •Don’t assume all information retrieved from the web is current
       •Do not post pictures of others without their permission
       •Pay attention to security warnings
      The acceptable use policy and agreement for faculty and staff says all activity over a school network may be monitored and retained and access via that network may be restricted, according to school policy and federal guidelines (such as the Children’s Internet Protection Act).
      According to the policy, staff members “may use” personally owned devices (including laptops, smartphones and cell phones) at any time during school hours, unless such use interferes with the delivery of instruction, or creates “a disturbance” in the educational environment.
      “Misuse of personally-owned devices can result in disciplinary action, Therefore, proper netiquette and adherence to the acceptable use policy should always be used,” says the policy.
      An example of netiquette says that “users should remember not to post anything on line that they wouldn’t want parents, teachers or future colleges or employers to see. Once something is online, it’s out there and can sometimes be shared and spread in ways the user never intended.”
      In saying that cyber-bullying will never be tolerated, the acceptable use policy defines cyberbullying messages as “harassing, dissing, flaming, denigrating, impersonating, outing, tricking or cyber-stalking.
      “Don’t be mean. Don’t send e-mails or post comments with the intent of scaring, hurting or intimidating someone else.”
      The policy advises staff members to report any actions by students that would violate the security or integrity of any computer, network or messaging system, whenever suck actions become known to them in the normal course of their work duties.”
      Violation of the cyber policy could have repercussions, including suspension of network capabilities, parent notification, detention or suspension, and legal action and/or prosecution.
      The acceptable use policy also mandates that parents wishing to communicate with teachers must sign an agreement and file an e-mail address with the school district.
      However, the policy says that e-mails travel over the internet where “unauthorized individuals may gain access...Therefore, it may still be best for parents to utilize another method of communication when informing a teacher of particularly sensitive material or requesting a teacher to do the same.”
      The school board has amended its policy on tobacco use by students.
      Noting that “health professionals have determined that the use of tobacco products can be detrimental to health, the school board outlawed use of “alternative nicotine products and electronic cigarettes” by any student on school property.
      The school board also prohibits students from smoking, use or possession of tobacco in any form---including cigarettes, cigars, clove cigarettes, chewing tobacco and snuff.
      “Health professionals have determined that smoking causes health hazards not only for the smoker, but the non-smoker as well. Recognizing these health issues, the school board prohibits smoking in all district-owned, leased or contracted buildings and vehicles. The school board may designate a legally complaint outdoor smoking area,” says the policy.
  Speed Limit On Westview Dr. Reduced To 25 Miles-Per-Hour  
  July 17, 2014 Edition  
     Acting on the recommendation of Road Superintendent Larry Wilson, Boardman Trustees have reduced the speed limit on Westview Dr., from 35 mph to 25 mph.
  DeBartolo Siblings, Eddie And Denise, Announce $10 Million Gift To Mooney HS  
  July 10, 2014 Edition  
Eddie DeBartolo - Denise York
      Cardinal Mooney alumni and Boardman natives Denise DeBartolo York and Eddie DeBartolo Jr. announced last week they will provide a $10 million endowment and renovation funding for Cardinal Mooney for use at its Erie St. location.
      The gift is the largest donation to a high school in the Mahoning Valley, and will provide financial assistance for families to attend Cardinal Mooney, as well as needed renovations and updates to the school building.
      Fr. Gerald DeLucia, president of Cardinal Mooney High School, announced the “substantial” gift from Denise (class of 1968) and Eddie (class of 1964).
      A portion of the gift will be used to provide partial scholarships and reduced tuition for families who are in need of financial assistance.
      The gift will also be used to fund some of the needed renovations and updates to the Erie Street school in Youngstown.
      DeBartolo York and DeBartolo indicated they want the gift to “complement the legacy we leave behind for the children in our hometown that otherwise may not have the opportunity to attend a first-rate school like Cardinal Mooney.”
      “This wonderful gift from Denise, Eddie and the entire DeBartolo/York families is a blessing,” Fr. DeLucia continued, “and cements their legacy as a family that shares the Mooney values and beliefs and truly cares about the children of the Mahoning Valley.
      “It’s a wonderful day for those seeking quality education for their children,” said Fr. DeLucia. “So many families in our parish feeder schools and public schools want to send their children to Mooney, but struggle with the tuition (currently $7,200 a year).”
      According to Fr. DeLucia, the Erie Street location underwent asbestos remediation, extensive roof repairs and other updates last summer. “Right now, our current location is safe and convenient. We have excellent athletic facilities and state-of-the art computerized classrooms.
      “However, our campus is expanding, and much more work is needed to make the building more comfortable and aesthetically pleasing. This gift, along with others, will help accomplish that goal.”
  34-Year-Old Mark Pitzer New Boardman Fire Chief  
  July 10, 2014 Edition  
Chief Mark Pitzer
     Boardman Trustees named 34-year-old Mark Pitzer, 4018 Bob-O-Link Dr., as their new fire chief. He replaces George Brown, who has resigned.
      Pitzer will receive an annual salary of $72,000.
      Pitzer joined the Boardman Fire Department in Nov., 2003, and was one of the firemen laid-off in 2008 during a leadership crisis among Boardman Trustees.
      He then joined Lanes Life Trans as a supervisor of that ambulance company where he duties included staffing. logistics, equipment maintenance and handling personnel complaints.
      From May, 2010 to Sept., 2011, he was a member of the Fairfax, Va. Fire and rescue Department, acknowledged by many as one of the top fire department in America.
      “The experience provides me with a solid base to improve our operations here, ultimately saving taxpayer dollars,” Pitzer said.
      Pitzer began his career in the fire service with the Cardinal Joint Fire District in July, 1999, and was one of the first, full-time employee of the district.
      He holds a bachelor of science degree in fire administration from Columbia Southern University and has completed fire instructor and paramedic training at the Ohio Fire Academy in Reynoldsburg, Oh.
      Chief Pitzer has been involved in several, major projects within the Boardman Fire Department, including the purchase of a new ladder truck, the use of stabilizing systems for use in auto accidents, and the purchase of automatic external defibrillators for use on heart attack victims.
      Chief Pitzer says he would like to re-establish a CPR training program for residents and businesses in Boardman.
      Recently Chief Pitzer and Capts. Robert John and Ed Glaser implemented a training program for fire-fighters in an effort to improve operations within the department.
      “I have 15 years of experience in the fire service and that experience has given me tools necessary to step into the position of fire chief. I want to lead the fire department into the future,” Chief Pitzer said.
      In replacing Chief Brown, one of Chief Pitzer’s first duties will be a recommendation on building a new fire station in Boardman to replace to main station at Southern Blvd. and Rt. 224.
      Chief Brown suggested to Trustees a new station could cost upwards of $3-$4 million, a figure disputed by Township Administrator Jason Loree, who indicated a new station could be constructed for less than $2 million.
      According to his contract, the new fire chief will receive a $1050 clothing allowance in his first year on the job, and will also be assigned a township cell phone.
      During his first three months on the job, the new chief will be required to meet regularly with the township fiscal office to review department budgets and reports. Trustees will review his job performance at intervals of his first 90 days on the job, his first 180 days in the job, and after a year of duty.
      Of particular interest during those reviews, according to his contract, with be an assessment of the assistant chief’s position, a fie station review, and EMS update, as well as the status of the department and its employees.
  Former BHS Graduate Dee Leone Releases New Children’s Book  
  July 10, 2014 Edition  
     Bizz and Buzz Make Honey Buns (Grosset & Dunlap/Penguin) is a new children’s book written by Dee Leone, a Boardman High School graduate who received her teaching degree from Youngstown State University. She taught at the elementary level in Youngstown as well as in California and Texas. She was also an aide for the gifted program in Alaska.
      The story is about two bees that ask their friend how to make a sweet treat. Their first mistake is to use a little flower instead of a little flour. Humorous mishaps continue from there. The book can serve as a learning tool to introduce homophones, making it appropriate for the home, school, and library markets.
      Dee’s new children’s book can be ordered from Amazon, Barnes & Noble, or local bookstores. The paperback and Kindle versions sell for under $4 and the hard cover is less than $8. All author profits will be donated to charity.
      To learn more about the book and for free reproducible fun sheets and bookmarks, please visit or
  Gretta Knows......  
  ....Life Lessons:   July 10, 2014 Edition  
     Paws to you my friends! I’m on my way down the meadow hill to the big oak tree down by the creek. Some of my heavenly pals always seem to come by and we usually lay listening to the creek and barking amongst ourselves about our doggy thoughts.
      As I get closer to the oak tree, I notice Lucky and Squeeky, two cats who reside on this side of doggy heaven, chasing each other and Kachina, Dutch, Sebastian, Remington and Ruger, all labs playing in the creek. Standing on the shore barking with excitement as they watch the labs play are Ziti, Tank and Rasta. I stop in the shade of the big oak tree and feel a doggy grin come over my face as I feel the happiness in the air as everyone plays.
      The soft grass looks so inviting I think I will just lay down here and enjoy the moment. Soon the labs come up over the bank of the creek. Once they stop to greet me they all decide to shake the water from their fur before collapsing to lie down next to me. Now I know how you earthly masters felt when us canines would decide to shake water from our fur....and why you always shouted ahhhh.
      After letting out their doggy sighs of contentment, Remington remarked, “this is such a happy place, a peaceful place”. Ruger barks, “how wonderful it would be if we could pass our life lessons to everyone on earth”.
      Sebastian howls, “Each and every day we can pass life lessons to those around just by how we act. We all can pass happiness to those around us. I always greeted everyone with a doggy smile and a wag of my tail. Each day I’d anxiously greeted my masters at the door! No matter how their day was, when they saw my excitement and joy, they smiled and petted me. A simple doggy smile can make someone’s day a little brighter.”
      I barked, “When I am happy or excited my whole body jiggles with joy. I jump and twist and suddenly happiness spreads to those around me. Happiness is contagious. Anyone that is around me is soon feeling the joy.”
      Kachina barked in, “I always liked to stop and smell everything in sight when I’d go for a walk. The grass, the flowers, you name it I smelled it! Life couldn’t be better while on my walk, not a care in the world just the beauty all around me. My master would sometimes try to hurry me on but I went about my smelling. What a beautiful world and I wanted to see it all. Everyone needs to take time to stop and smell the roses, as the saying goes.”
      Ziti barks, “I was never afraid to ask for what I wanted. If I wanted to go outside, I’d pace back and forth or scratch at the door. When I wanted some loving, I’d jump right up into my masters lap. When I wanted petted I’d get my nose under my masters hand and nudge it over and over until he’d reach down and pet me. If I just laid around and never asked for what I wanted my masters would think I was content and not bother me. My lesson is, that if you want something you have to ask for it. No one knows your dreams or desires but you.”
      Tank loudly barks, “We all need dog pals, or cat pals as he glances at Lucky and Squeeky. When I see other dogs I run over and give them a sniff. Sometimes the other dog wants to play and off we go. But there are times when I sense the other dog wants to be left alone, so I move on to find another friend who might want to play. Rejection is not going ruin my day! There are lots of good dog pals to go around!”
      Rasta howls in, “All of us come in all shapes and sizes. It was so comforting when I arrived here in doggy heaven for no one worried about who my parents were, if I was bigger or smaller than them, or the color of my fur. Everyone just saw another opportunity to make a new friend.
      Lucky purrs in, “I remember when my masters had a bad day or were not their usual happy selves. I’d crawled up on their lap to just lay there and comfort them. They would stroke me and tell me their problems. Sometimes all we have to do is just be there. Nothing beats a friendly paw to cry on!”
      Squeeky meows, “One lesson I learned was to never take myself too seriously. If I didn’t have time to lick my fur before being left outside, it really didn’t matter, I’d do it later. I didn’t want to miss the chance to go outside. I wanted to enjoy the moment I was given. Days and years pass by so quickly, enjoy the moments!”
      “Although we never had any school education or never achieved any trophies, us dogs and cats are pretty smart. We can make our masters smile, play and feel better about themselves. Just the simple things can make a big difference in someone’s life.” I added.
      As I looked around, all my heavenly pals were lying in the grass, head between their paws, doggy grins galore....and yes their tails were awaggin’.
      Gretta, a Golden Retriever, spent almost 15 years at The Boardman News. She greeted all who entered with a wag of her tail! She died in November of 2012.
      Send your animal tributes/stories to:
      The Boardman News, 8302 Southern Blvd., S2A,
      Boardman, OH 44512 or email to:
  Jack’s Health & Fitness Advice  
  Cleansing? Save Your Money!:   July 10, 2014 Edition  
     Cleanse products are a popular commodity in the health food and wellness market today. Anytime you want to improve your health, chances are something about a cleanse will be mentioned. If you walk into a health food store, you can probably find a whole sales wall dedicated to cleanses. There are numerous products, and normally they aren’t cheap. Many people aren’t sure which to choose or how to go about choosing one. Allow me to give a little advice.
      Cleanses in my, opinion are a waste of money. The body has a natural detoxifier/cleanser and it is the liver. You can increase cleansing by changing your diet to whole foods. Fiber is a natural cleanser, and whole grains contain fiber. Fruits and vegetables contain fiber. When you purchase a cleanse, sometimes they even give you food guidelines to eat while on the cleanse. The foods that are on these guidelines, are the foods that will naturally cleanse you anyway. So you have to buy the product, and the food, when all you really need to buy is the food. Whole foods that contain quality nutrients, vitamins and minerals, fiber, and antioxidants are your best friends for this matter.
      The whole diet should be changed for lifestyle purposes. If the diet is changed, then you will have a lifelong cleanse and won’t have to worry. A big problem is that people will go on a cleanse and eat the right foods, and then after go back to eating a terrible diet, and it defeats the whole purpose. A cleanse in anyway will do nothing if you don’t take care of yourself. It’s like refilling a tire with a nail in it every time it gets low. Check what you’re eating first before anything, change that, and go from there.
      Jack Wilkins is a personal trainer and owner of Four Point Fitness, 8391 Market St., Boardman, a one-on-one, appointment only, training facility. Cardio-kickboxing classes are one of the many specialties offered. For more information visit or call 330-565-0352. Check out Jack’s weekly blog at
  BLS Board President Nik Amstutz Had A Special Passion For Boardman Township  
  June 26, 2014 Edition  
Mr. Nik Amstutz
     Boardman Township lost one of its most ardent citizens on Friday. June 20, when Mr. Nik Amstutz, 50, of 851 Terraview Dr., president of the Boardman Local Board, died at Hillside Rehabilitation Hospital.
      Mr. Amstutz was stricken on Sun., Mar. 9 when he suffered cardiac arrest due to high blood sugar levels while at a meeting of the Boardman Football Stadium Committee at Center Middle School. Thanks to the rapid action of school business manager Tim Saxton, Mr. Amstutz was revived. He had been hospitalized since that time.
      Mr. Amstutz was the son of Mr. and Mrs. Jack Amstutz. His mother, Barb, and his grandfather, C.J. Amstutz, also served on the Boardman Local School Board.
      Mr. Amstutz was an active member of the school board and as such was in attendance at many, many events sponsored by the school system.
      He was a strong supporter of a new athletic complex at Boardman High School, and he had a special passion for Spartan sports programs, particularly football.
      He worked tirelessly to renew the Boardman-Cardinal Mooney football rivalry; and as well, to get Boardman High School out of the Stark County-based Federal League.
      “I have had more negative comments about the Federal League that any other issue,” Mr. Amstutz once observed, noting he would lobby fellow board members about his concerns the league was as much an academic issue as a sports issue.
      His passion for Boardman football included at the middle school level. For example, when more than a dozen Glenwood grid candidates faced getting cut because the school didn’t have 55 uniforms, Mr. Amstutz suggested rotating uniforms every other week to give more kids the opportunity to play football. His suggestion fell on deaf ears.
      “It is a sad day when your middle school program is pushing kids away from a chance to compete,” Mr. Amstutz observed.
      As perhaps the most visible school board member in Boardman, Mr. Amstutz was especially atuned to members of the community and their concerns.
      “Parents constantly ask me about goings-on with the schools and they know I will keep myself abreast of what is happening,” Mr. Amstutz said. He was good to his word to all his constituents.
      Mr. Amstutz also had a particular concern with bullying in the local schools; and was a staunch supporter of drug-testing programs in the local schools.
      Mr. Amstutz served as a member of the Boardman Local School Board from 2006 through 2009. and was re-elected to his post in Nov. 2011.
      He had a strong passion for community service---As a member, past president and Paul Harris Fellow of the Boardman Rotary Club, member and past president of the Boardman Booster Club, a member of the Auditorium 2000 Committee, as a co-chairman of Boardman Local Schools operating levy committees in 2002 and 2003; and as a member of the Boardman Civic Association and the Boardman Schools Alumni Association.
      He was a member of Argus Lodge No. 545 F.&A.M., the Ancient Accepted Scottish Rite, Valley of Youngstown where he had served as Most Wise Master of the Youngstown Chapter of Rose Croix and was currently serving as 2nd Lieutenant Commander of the Mahoning Consistory. Mr. Amstutz also belonged to Al Koran Shrine Temple in Cleveland, the Youngstown Shrine Club and the Four Square Club.
      Mr. Amstutz was a 1981 graduate of Boardman High School where he excelled on the gridiron and in track for the Spartans; and had attended both Ohio University and Youngstown State University.
      Besides his parents of Canfield, Nik leaves his wife of 17 years, the former Virginia ‘Ginny’ Oliver; his children, Steven and Elizabeth of Boardman; and his brothers, Bill (Wendy) and Ronald (Amy) Amstutz both of New York City. His sister, Susan is deceased.
      Mr. Amstutz was born July 7, 1963, in Youngstown.
      Memorial contributions to support the new Boardman football stadium may be made in Nik’s name to the Boardman Booster Club, P.O. Box 3174, Boardman, Oh. 44513.
  DeBartolo Event Raises $200,000 For Scholarships  
  Jed York: “Thanks to everyone who helped...Happy we can support my hometown”:   June 26, 2014 Edition  
     Edward J. DeBartolo Sr. was an American success story whose business ventures, sports enterprises and philanthropy all began from his offices at 7620 Market St. at Southwoods Dr. in Boardman Township.
      ‘Mr. D’ died in 1994 after his company grew to span 23 states and developed nearly 100 million sq-ft of retail space; while also developing three horse racing venues. The DeBartolo family shocked the sports world in 1977 when they purchased the San Francisco 49ers. Under their leadership, including Edward J. DeBartolo Jr. and Atty. Carmen Policy, the Niners won more games during the 1980s and 1990s than any other team in pro football, and became the first pro team to win five Super Bowls. In 2000, ownership of the team was transferred to Mr. D’s daughter, Denise; and its day-to-day operations are now run by their son, Jed, a graduate of Cardinal Mooney High School.
      Mr. D always touted the benefits of a college education, and upon his death, his daughter, Denise DeBartolo York organized the DeBartolo Memorial Scholarship Foundation, that to date has awarded over $600,000 in college scholarships to deserving high school seniors. The stipends are awarded every spring.
      On Monday night, Mrs. DeBartolo York, her husband, John, and son, Jed, hosted the annual Edward J. DeBartolo Memorial Scholarship Foundation at the Stambaugh Auditorium in Youngstown. The event was among the most successful ever, raising $200,000 for future scholarship awards, and featured a bevy of Niners players and local sports greats, much to the delight of the some 400 persons who attended.
      York, a graduate of Cardinal Mooney High School, took to Twitter afterward to thank his players who flew in for the annual banquet.
      That list included quarterback Colin Kaepernick, safety Eric Reid, nose tackle Glenn Dorsey, linebacker Corey Lemonier, rookie running back Carlos Hyde, wide receiver Quinton Patton and special-teams mainstay Bubba Ventrone, who was a favorite at the banquet,; and all of whom are expected to play key roles this season for a 49ers franchise bent on winning its first Super Bowl in 20 years.
      Also there were 49ers general manager Trent Baalke, defensive line coach Jim Tomsula, running back coach Tom Rathman and vice president of football affairs Keena Turner.
      “Thanks to everyone who helped raise money for the EJD Memorial Scholarship Fund...tonight,” York tweeted, adding “Happy we can support my hometown.”
      Also in attendance at the event was arguably the greatest running back of all time, Jim Brown; former Pittsburgh Steelers great, Franco Harris; lightweight boxing legend Ray ‘Boom Boom’ Mancini (rumored to be moving back to the Mahoning Valley from Los Angeles), Cleveland Browns guard John Greco (out of Boardman High School), former Cleveland Browns wide receiver Reggie Rucker, and Youngstown State head grid coach Eric Wolford.
      “My father always believed in the importance of higher education, and we are honored so many of you came here tonight to support the scholarships we award every year in his name,” Mrs. DeBartolo York said.
      Next up for the Niners family in the July 17 ribbon-cutting for the new home of the Forty Niners, Levi Stadium. The stadium represents the largest development ever in the history of the DeBartolo family, a $1.2 billion project that has been under construction for the past two years. In 2015 the facility will host the 50th Super Bowl.
      Speaking to the throng at the scholarship dinner, Jed York didn’t pass up the opportunity to mention this years Super Bowl will be the 49th.
      “The 49th Super Bowl and the Forty-Niners. That has a nice ring to it,” York observed.
  Gretta Knows......  
  ...a Hero comes Home!:   June 26, 2014 Edition  
      Paws To You my Friends! It’s another beautiful day here in my heavenly home. This is definitely not like Ohio weather, that is for sure! Each and every day the sun shines, the temperature is 75 degrees, a soft wind whistles through the tall, green meadow grasses, the creek flows making a peaceful sound as it runs endlessly, the large oak trees create a blanket of shade....ahh I love this place. Dogs and cats roam wherever they wish, but it seems we all pick certain areas that we call our own little piece of heaven. Since I arrived, the top of the meadow hill has been my little piece of heaven.
      Sady the guard dog from the Rainbow Bridge is making his way up the meadow hill. I prance down to meet him. He explains that a very special dog will be arriving later on in the day and he wanted me to keep a look out for a group of dogs coming from the other side of doggy heaven who have been summoned to greet our new arrival. Sady kindly barked asking if I would lead them to the front of the bridge.
      I asked Sady how I would be able to identify this group of dogs. Well he said they are a group of K-9 police hero dogs, some call them the angels in blue, and there are a few your hometown of Boardman. They each still wear their badges proudly around their necks. You will notice a pride in their stance and their heads are held high. They are known as Police K-9 Heroes, and one of their brothers named Robby will be arriving today.
      I assured Sady that I would keep watch for them and would be honored to lead them to the bridge. I laid down to keep watch. Time passed by, then I saw in the distance a group of dogs coming my way! Following them were dogs and cats who joined in and followed behind the K9 pack. I ran down to meet them and we began the journey to the Rainbow Bridge.
      We walked in silence until we reached the bridge. The K9 pack sat down patiently watching and waiting. Together they suddenly stood and all looked across the bridge when Sady barked that the time had arrived. Canine Robby stood tall as he greeted Sady. Sady told him he could take his time and say his goodbyes before crossing over to his new heavenly home.
      Canine Robby looked back and barked “I am so proud to have served my hometown of Boardman for 8 years, from 2002 to 2010. I was totally devoted to my handler and we were inseparable.” Robby looked downward as he said, “I protected my handler and will miss the companionship and love that we shared. Together we were a team making many criminal, drug and cash seizures. We even helped other area departments start their own K9 programs. I was called the model police dog, but honestly all us K9’s do what we are trained to do, to protect our handlers and the people of our community at all cost. I’ll always remember how much I enjoyed visiting schools and organizations with my handler, demonstrating some of our teamwork skills. What a team we were!
      He then howled the K9 prayer: I will lay down my life for you and expect nothing but love in return. I protect my officer with my life, and would gladly take a bullet in his place. I am sent in to find lost children and fugitives on the run. I find drugs and weapons and even bombs. I am the first sent in and sometimes the last to leave. I am the nose and ears of my officer. I protect and serve him. I would die for him and for you. I only ask for compassion and a kind word.
      Robby turned to Sady and exclaimed my life of 14 years was fully lived! I did my job with pride in my heart, serving with the police department and helping to keep my hometown a safe place to live. My handler gave me a life of compassion, love and kindness as did all that I served. You will be in my doggy soul and heart forever and ever.
      Sady nodded his head, and Robby took his last look backward, letting out a dog sigh. Together Sady and Robby began their trip across the bridge. Sady explained that his name has been inscribed next to a badge on a plaque at the end of the bridge, and there are some fellow police K9’s waiting to greet him. All of a sudden Robby’s nose rose in the air as he noticed familiar police K9’s standing at the end of the bridge.
      Robby ran to greet them. All of the dogs and cats howled and meowed at the Police K9 Heroes. I went over to meet Robby to welcome him and turning toward the K9’s I barked, “we are gathered here wanting to tell you how proud we are of your bravery, of your sacrifices, courage and fearless acts to keep our hometowns safe. You along with all the K9 police heroes standing here are loyal companions and you unselfishly would give your lives to ensure your handlers, fellow officers, and citizens stay safe. Then howls and purrs could be heard echoing throughout the heavens.
      Robby, along with the other K9 police heroes, began running up the meadow hill. The rest of the heavenly pack followed. As we showed Robby his new home, he turned slightly and the sunshine illuminated the badge hanging around his neck, giving off a bright glow. The K9 police heroes looked to Robby, held their heads high, and off they ran down the hill to take Robby to their little piece of heaven. The rest of us barked, meowed, and cheered as we knew Robby was now safely home...his tail, the K9 police heroes tails were a waggin.....Yes it is definitely a tail waggin day!
      Gretta, a Golden Retriever, spent almost 15 years at The Boardman News. She greeted all who entered with a wag of her tail! She died in November of 2012.
      Send your animal tributes/stories to:
      The Boardman News, 8302 Southern Blvd., S2A, Boardman, OH 44512
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  Emily Choleva.....Someday We'll See Her On Broadway!  
  June 26, 2014 Edition  
      EMILY CHOLEVA, a third grader at Market Street School, is pictured singing the National Anthem at senior night for the boys baseball game at Boardman High School. Emily also sang the National Anthem at the Boardman Memorial Day parade. She not only is an accomplished singer but also an aspiring actress. Emily was Annie in the Crown Theater’s production of Annie, and is currently performing in the Music Man at the Crown Theater in Columbiana. Emily is the daughter of Pam Choleva from Boardman. Someday we’ll see her on Broadway!
  BHS Class 1959 Reunion  
  June 26, 2014 Edition  
     The Boardman High School class of 1959 will be celebrating its 55th class reunion in Sandusky and Boardman Aug. 27- 31. Graduating classes from 1956 through 1962 are invited to attend. For additional information, visit the class website at To make a reservation, contact Don Samuels at Samuels Financial Services (330-726-5921).
  Murder On Alverne  
  Came After Night Of Cocaine Use And Porn Movies :   June 19, 2014 Edition  
      associate editor
      Nine days following the death of 48-year-old Christopher Craft, 1736 Alverne Dr., the Boardman Police Department released the incident report, saying the Craft had suffered injuries to his face, throat and head.
      Craft, 240 lbs., was found dead in his home on June 8, in a computer room, “laying on the floor on his back with his legs on a chair,” Ptl. Jeffrey Lytle reported.
      The officer said he observed Craft’s head in a puddle of coagulated blood...”No handgun or any other type of weapon was located on or near Craft,” Officer Lytle said.
      Sgt. Mike Hughes told The Boardman News on Tuesday the police have sent blood evidence for laboratory testing and search warrants had been obtained for phones and computers.
      “We are certain that Craft did not suffer a gunshot wound,” Sgt. Hughes said.
      Officer Lytle’s report says that Marc Hamilton, 38, of 7142 Trenholm Rd., called Boardman police around 1:00 p.m. on June 8 to says his friend, Chris Craft, had committed suicide.
      “He stated that Craft shot his face off,” Officer Lytle reported.
      Hamilton told police that Craft picked him up about 10:00 p.m. on June 7 and they returned to Craft’s home where “they drank beer, did cocaine and watched pornographic movies in the upstairs bedroom.”
      Hamilton told police he last saw craft about 6:00 a.m. on June 8 “when Craft gave him a xanax.” Craft then went back downstairs and Hamilton went to sleep, Officer Lytle was told.
      About noon, Hamilton told police he awakened and went downstairs and saw Craft laying on the floor.
      Hamilton told police he could only see Craft’s arm, so ‘he did not think much about it, he figured Craft was sleeping.’
      Hamilton said he then went outside to the back yard area of the home, drank a couple of beers and when he came back inside, he discovered that Craft was dead.
      Dr. Joe Ohr, of the county coroner’s office, ruled the death a homicide, possibly from a blunt force trauma.
      As part of their investigation, police have conducted a neighborhood canvass and spoken with numerous neighbors. A canine search of the home and area had also been made.
      Craft lived alone with three small dogs and his wife was living in Tiffin, Ohio for work.
      Assigned the investigation into the grizzly death are Sgt. Mike Hughes and Det. Rick Balog and Det. Jerry Kamensky.
  The Annual Clubs For Kids Golf Classic  
  Aug. 1 Benefits Akron Children’s Hospital:   June 19, 2014 Edition  
      The 4th annual “Clubs for Kids” Golf Classic to benefit Akron Children’s Hospital Mahoning Valley will be held Fri., Aug. 1 at The Youngstown Country Club.
      Registration and lunch will begin at 11:00 a.m. and the golf tournament will begin at noon. The event will conclude with a cocktail reception, dinner, presentation of prizes and a silent auction. A limited number of team sponsorships and reception-only tickets are available. The “Clubs for Kids” Golf Classic, which has become one of the premiere golf events in the area, has raised over $150,000 in the past three years for the local programs and services of Akron Children’s Hospital Mahoning Valley.
      Prior to the adult event, a Youth Clinic, sponsored by the Tod Family Foundation will be held from 9:00 until 11:00 a.m. The youth clinic will feature three stations for young golfers in three age groups; 6 to 8 years, 9 to 11 years, and 12 to 14 years. The youth clinic will include an observation station focusing on grip, stance, posture and alignment; a hands-on chipping and pitching instruction station, and a putting contest. The Clubs for Kids Youth Clinic will conclude with lunch and each young golfer will receive a goodie bag. Cost for the Youth Clinic is $10 per participant.
      Event sponsors include Tod Family Foundation, youth clinic sponsor; Farmers National Bank and Farmers Trust Company, cocktail reception sponsors; the Charles & Alice Schmutz Foundation, dinner sponsor; Huntington Bank, corporate sponsor; Jane F. Lamb Charitable Foundation, corporate sponsor; Preston Auto Group, corporate sponsor; Bob & Chuck Eddy Chrysler Dodge Jeep, lunch sponsor; Philip H. Maynard, lunch sponsor; Sweeney Chevrolet Buick GMC, lunch sponsor; and A.F. Necastro, A.P. O’Horo Company, Cohen & Company, The DeBartolo Corporation, Gasser Chair, Hanger Clinic, Harrington, Hoppe & Mitchell, Healthridge Medical Center, Homecare with Heart, Dr. Elena Rossi, Simon Roofing, Strollo Architects, Talmer Bank & Trust, WFMJ Television and York Mahoning Mechanical Contractors, team sponsors.
      The “Clubs for Kids” Golf Classic committee includes Reid and Judy Schmutz, Jim and Linda Sisek and David Tod II, honorary chairs; along with Susan Berny, Kim Brauer, Ray Calcagni, Jean Clacko, Betty Cmil, Julie Costas, Roseann Cullen, Georgia D’Andrea, Heather Davis, D.J. Depp, Mary Dulay, Gayle Kelly, Margaret Nigro, Patty Preston, Alyssa Preston, Judy Rafoth, Karen Rolfe, Sperry Rongone, Dr. Elena Rossi, Debbie Shattuck, Lois Smith, Gregg Strollo, Cheryl Tarantino, Kelly Verostko, Amanda Watanakunakorn, Pattie Welsh and Marilyn Wurst and staff members JoAnn Stock, Allison Engstrom and Candace Madden.
      For more information or to register call 330-746-9122 or visit
  Deborah Liptak New President of YWCA Board of Directors  
  June 19, 2014 Edition  
Deborah Liptak
      The YWCA of Youngstown installed board members and presented special honors at its 109th Annual Meeting.
      Deborah S. Liptak was elected president of the YWCA Board of Directors. Liptak is the development director for the Public Library of Youngstown and Mahoning County. Also elected were: Rhonda Warren, first vice president; Cryshanna A. Jackson, second vice president, Jenna Santisi, treasurer; and Kristen Olmi, secretary.
      Newly elected members named to the YWCA Board of Directors for a three year term beginning June 2014 are: Andrea N. Burton, Kimorine Campbell, Christine A. Gerst, Stacey R. Schneider, Susan P. Stewart, and Breanne E. Szmara. Members who were re-elected are Amanda Sacco and Jenna Santisi.
      Other board members include Adrian Anderson, Fran Curd, Carla Baldwin Fields, Elizabeth Hartwig, Jenita Howell, Sarah J. Lowry, and Keisha T. RobinsoN.
      Fran Curd, Carla Baldwin Fields, Suzanne Anzellotti-Ray, Rita Cintavey, June Ewing, Susan M. Moorer and Mary Jo Truman were elected to the 2014-2015 YWCA Nominating Committee.
      Carla Baldwin Fields received the YWCA Board Member of the Year honor; Barbara Ade received the YWCA Volunteer of the Year award; and Jo Ann Buzulencia was named YWCA Employee of the Year.
  GMS Principal Anthony Alvino Retiring  
  After 44 Year Career In Education:   June 12, 2014 Edition  
Anthony Alvino
     Longtime educator and principal at Glenwood Middle School, Anthony Alvino, will retire at the end of the current school year. Alvino has served as principal at Glenwood for the past 27 years, and all totaled, he been employed with the Boardman Local Schools for 44 years.
      Alvino began his career at Boardman as an English teacher at the high school, before serving as a counselor and assistant principal.
      During his tenure he has served under five superintendents, including Dr. Ronald Overfield, Dick Selby, Larry Saxton, Don Dailey and current Supt. Frank Lazzeri.
      When appointed a principal in 1988, Selby noted Alvino “demonstrates a sincere enthusiasm for his position and his attitude is contagious. His attention to detail and unmatched work ethic are a testament to his success.”
      A graduate of Youngstown Chaney High School, Alvino holds masters degrees in counseling and school administration from Youngstown State University, where he earned his undergraduate degree in English.
      He remains faithful to his college alma mater, and can be seen in the front row of almost all Penguins basketball games.
      During his tenure at Boardman, he hired over 100 teachers, and served with nine, different assistant principals.
      He and his wife, Diana, are the parents of two daughters, Alison, an administrator for Maxim Health Care; and Andrea, a vice-president for Bessemer Finance, a brokerage firm in Manhattan.
      “Through the years Mr. Alvino has been characterized as an extremely intelligent, organized, cooperative and responsible building principal. His dedication to the job is unmatched in terms of giving of his time to the administration of Glenwood Middle School. Over the years he could be found hard at work at his desk at any time seven days a week preparing for student and teacher success. His attention to details and his thoroughness in decision-making are two personal traits that made him an excellent administrator,” Supt. Lazzeri said this week.
      “Though he will be leaving the Boardman Schools family, his mark of excellence will remain with Glenwood Middle School for years to come,” Lazzeri added.
      Alvino is only the third principal in the history of Glenwood Middle school. First principal was A.E. Genuske. Charles M. Bennehoof served prior to Alvino’s appointment on Feb. 1, 1988.
  Mrs. Sahli Leads Angels  
  June 12, 2014 Edition  
NEW OFFICERS OF The Angels Of Easter Seals
     Mrs. Lynn Sahli, 1017 Wesport Circle, has been installed as the president of the Angels of Easter Seals for 2014-15.
      Other officers will be Debbie Wilson, first vice-president Shelly LaBerto, second vice-president; Lynn Mitchell, treasurer; Judy Kimmel, recording secretary; Judy Manus, corresponding secretary; and Kathy Carroll, past president.
      After graduating from Youngstown State University, Lynn taught in the Business Education Department at Boardman High School. She is currently Secretary/Treasurer of Cal-Ohio Lube Products Company in North Lima.
      Lynn has been very active in the Boardman School System’s PTA. She was the organization’s president at Market Street Elementary School and at Boardman High School. She was president of the Boardman Council PTA for two years and was a member of the Boardman Strategic Planning Committee which laid the groundwork for several educational projects.
      Lynn has been a member of The Junior League of Youngstown since 1982, and she joined the Angels of Easter Seals in 2008. She has held the leadership positions for the Angels of Easter Seals as first vice president, second vice president and recording secretary. She has served as co-chairman for the Spring Fashion Show and Luncheon in 2012 and 2014. She has also served on the following committees: Magic of the Angels’ Christmas, Holiday Brunch & Sweet Shoppe, Cookbook, Social and Goodwill.
      He and her husband, Bob, have two sons and four grandchildren.
      The Angels of Easter Seals welcomed new members Jacquelyn Kadilac, June Diorio-Kretzer, Mary James Lipinsky, Beverly Olson and Kelly Restle.
      Angels of Easter Seals began their fundraising efforts 37 years ago and have provided over $2 million to the local Easter Seals. Last year alone, the Angels raised $90,000 to help local individuals with disabilities and special needs.
      Pictured: NEW OFFICERS OF THE ANGELS OF EASTER SEALS, from left, Kathy Carroll, past president; Lynn Sahli, president; Shelly LaBerto, treasurer; Judy Manus, corresponding secretary; and Lynn Mitchell, treasurer. Not pictured is Debbie Wilson, first vice-president; and Judy Kimmel, recording secretary.
  Gretta Knows.....  
  .... I'm gonna love my walks here!:   June 12, 2014 Edition  
      Good day my friends! I along with all my heavenly pals have been so busy this past week running about the heavens catching all the graduations! How glorious it is to see all the students from our hometowns receive their diplomas, looking forward to the next chapter in their lives! They each have an open book with empty pages ready to be filled with the stories of their continuing lives. Our wishes go out to each of them with hope their lives will be filled with dreams come true!
      I am standing here at the top of the meadow hill. It is a view that I never grow tired of seeing. The trees and meadow grass that reaches as far as the eyes can see, are still as the breeze has taken a rest. Stillness surrounds me. Quiet times with my thoughts is always welcome!
      I hear footsteps approaching and see a group of my heavenly pals heading my way. We have been summoned by Sady the guard dog of the Rainbow Bridge to come as one of our earthly pals will be arriving soon! It is always a mix match of emotions as we are all excited to be reunited with one of our pals but yet we all never forget how it feels to arrive in this new heavenly home. Leaving our earthly home and loved ones behind, as well as the happy memories, always remains in our hearts.
      Let me see, Remington, Ruger, Lucky, Squeeky, Dutch, Kachina, Ziti, Rasta, Ty, Roxy, BB, Shadow, Sadie, Stagger, Tyler, Casper, Chloe, Bumper, are all here. In silence we all head down the hill toward the Rainbow Bridge. It’s so amazing to see all of the dogs and cats gather at the bridge in anticipation of greeting a new arrival. We all know what it means to arrive and see all the heavenly dogs and cats here to greet and welcome you to your new heavenly home.
      Sady begins his walk to the front of the Rainbow Bridge. Silence radiates through the crowd as we raise our noses knowing the arrival time is almost here. Suddenly we see a yellow lab appear next to Sady. As we glance at the last name inscribed on the heavenly list attached at the end of the bridge, the name Sebastian has been beautifully etched into the magnificent wooden plaque which displays all our names. As we watch in silence, Sady welcomes Sebastian to his new home.
      Sebastian glances at Sady and then lays down. He explains to Sady that he spent so many of his days on earth laying in the front yard waiting for the neighbors and other dogs to walk by, he loved greeting them all. He continued to say how excited and happy he was when cars pulled into his driveway. He’d run over and greet them, and his body would just jiggle all over with joy. Sebastian said he so loved the children and they loved him too! I loved every day of my earthly life. His head perked up as he exclaimed how happy he was! He then laid his head down and said he belonged to such a beautiful and loving family and how hard it is to not be able to be with them. My master and I would walk together for miles, enjoying each other’s companionship, oh how I will miss those walks.
      I so want to thank my earthly family for giving me so much love and bringing me so much happiness and contentment throughout my almost 14 years with them. They will always remain in my heart and I will never forget them. Sebastian laid still for awhile and then slowly rose to his paws. He walked and stood next to Sady, taking one last look back. Sady and Sebastian began their walk over the Rainbow Bridge. Halfway across Sebastian noticed something, his head rose, his tail wagged, he saw Roxy, his best friend! Suddenly he began to run, greeting Roxy. They jumped with excitement in seeing each other. Roxy introduced him to us all!
      We all started barking and howling our hellos! Then we turned, Roxy and Sebastian were already running up the meadow hill in front of us. We ran to catch up and all stood in a row as we overlooked our heavenly home! Sebastian barked, “I’m gonna love the walks here” and began wagging his tail! we all ran through the meadow grass, and our tails were awaggin!
      In Memory of Sebastian who journeyed to his heavenly home, April 11, 2014.
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  June 5, 2014 Edition  
     AUSTINTOWN---Hollywood Gaming at Mahoning Valley Race Course will formally kick off its recruiting and hiring program with a Career Fair to be held on Mon., June 9.
      The $250 million gaming, dining, entertainment and thoroughbred racing facility is currently under construction near the I-80/State Route 46 interchange in Austintown and is expected to open in early Fall.
      “We know there’s been a lot of anticipation around our recruitment and hiring,” said Mike Galle, general manager of Hollywood Gaming. “We’re expecting a large number of potential team members to attend this first Job Fair and those that will follow.”
      The Job Fair will be held from noon-8 p.m. on June 9 in the former Fashion Bug space, next to Party On in the Austintown Plaza, 6000 Mahoning Ave. A second Job Fair is scheduled for Wed., June 25, at Stambaugh Auditorium at 1000 Fifth Ave. in Youngstown.
      The event is open to anyone interested on applying for the variety of positions and also provides potential Team Members the opportunity to meet briefly with hiring managers from the following departments; Food and Beverage, Video Lottery Terminal Technicians and Attendants, Finance, Accounting, Player Services, Racing Operations, Facilities, Environmental Services, Security and Surveillance.
      Area residents who are seeking an exciting career with Hollywood Gaming must apply online to attend the June 9th Career Fair. The online application is available at
      “While we’re looking for people to fill specific jobs, above all we’re looking for people who love to interact with the public, who are excited about working in this new industry, and who will make our customers feel welcome, excited, and happy to be with us,” Galle said. “Put simply, we’re all about what we like to call ‘Red Carpet Service,’ and that begins with our team members.”
      Galle said Hollywood Gaming will provide training for new team members in the specific jobs they are hired to fill.
      When it opens this fall, Hollywood Gaming at Mahoning Valley Race Course will offer 850 Video Lottery Terminals (VLTs), a range of dining and beverage options, a sports bar and entertainment venue.
      Thoroughbred racing will begin Nov. 24 with live racing scheduled on Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays (excluding Dec. 24) and Saturdays through Dec. 30. Live racing dates for 2015 will be announced later this year. Races from around the country will be beamed into the facility for simulcast wagering 365 days a year. The racing facility includes a one-mile state-of-the-art racetrack and a grandstand with more than 1,000 enclosed seats.
  Boardman High School Graduation June 8  
  386 Students in Senior Class:   June 5, 2014 Edition  
     Graduation for seniors at Boardman High School will be held Sun., June 8 at 2:00 p.m. in the gymnasium. The 2014 senior class at Boardman includes 368 students.
      Opening remarks at this year’s ceremonies will be given by Frank Lazzeri, superintendent of schools; and Hannah DeAscentis, president of Student Council.
      Jared Cardillo, principal, will present this year’s class and diplomas will be handed out by Kim Poma, vice-president of the Boardman Local School Board; and Cynthia Fernbeck, assistant high school principal.
      Closing remarks will be delivered by Anna Patoray, president of the Class of 2014.
      Ten students will be recognized in Best in Class. They are Muhammad Akbar, son of Akbar Mughal and Aisha Mughal; Rachael Davis, son of Eric and Angela Davis; Emily Hruska, daughter of james and Lisa Hruska; Rebecca Jeren, daughter of Dr. Brad and Barbara Jeren; Jenna Kuczek, daughter of Jeff and Jennifer Kuczek’ Katelynn Morrell, daughter of Robert and Diane Morrell; Em Schwendeman, daughter of Dr. Leslie and Patricia Schwendeman; Katya Sracic, daughter of Paul and Susan Sracic; Erin Tamulonis, daughter of David and Jeanette Tamulonis; and Stiphany Tieu, daughter of Kelly Tieu.
      This year’s senior class includes the following:
      Noor Abu-Ghannam, Ivan Adu-Poku, Muhammad Akbar, Sohaib Al-Halaybeh, Mo-hammad Al-Tawil, Rawa’a Alassaf, Rachel Allan, Natalie Alman, Dua’a Almaraihah, Mo-hammad Almaraihah, Marni Altman, Robert Amicone, Brittany Anderson, Darya Andreyeva, Mohammad Aras, James Augustine, Katherine Auth, Noura Azeem, Kayla Bailing, Catherine Baker, Kristina Baker, Jessica Barone, Taylor Bartolec, Mark Bass, Fabio Bassil, David Baun, Jacob Baun, Jeffery Bean, Luco Beato, Rebekah Beebe, Rhianna Beebe, Epiphany Bell-Hilson, Paul Benson, Peter Berarducci, Jared Bergman, Emily Beshara, Brittany Best, Jonathan Bialik, Carl Bias, Taylor Bindas, Aiden Blaine, Jenna Bluedorn, Brian Bodrick, Jacob Boles, Anya Bolger, Jalen Bosker, Stephen Bott, Eric Bramer, Dawan Britt, Dawalyn Brown, Haley Brown, Stephen Brown, Stephen Bryan, Domenick Buonavolonta, Alan Burns, Jose Calderon, Alexandria Campana, Bre’Asia Casey, Teresa Ceccarelli, Brandon Ciavarella, Austin Clark, Katie Clones, Courteney Closson, Leah Conaway, Justin Conrad, Vincent Cook, Madeline Cooke-Murphy, Nicholas Cordova, Samantha Courtney, Connor Covan, Makenzie Craig, Edward Crump, Jarvis Cummings, Jessica Cunningham, Trista Cunningham, Dominic Davey, Desmond Davis, Eric Davis, Rachael Davis, Hannah DeAscentis, Lucia DeChurch, Megan Deeley, Brian DeJesus, Lauren Delapa, Jenna DeLaurentis, Dante’ DeLullo, Sarah Demetruk, Candice Detate, Rachel Dickey, Anthony DiGiacomo, Phillip DiIanni, Mario DiIullo, Aaron Dill, Devin DiPiero, Ashley DiPietro, Stephanie DiVincenzo, Brianna Dobransky, Victoria Dolan, Kenneth Drummond-Artis, Anthony Dundee, Rachel Durner, Rachel Eliser, Caitlyn Enlow, Amber Felger, Gianna Ferrara, Bryana Flak, Briana Fonderlin, Cory Fowler, Macy Francis, Haley Fray, Justin Gardner, Donald Garman, Brandi Gatte, Breanna Gatte, Cassidy Gaudio, Lily Gelfand, Celia Giancola, Paul Gianotti, Robin Goist, Bailey Gonci, Francisco Gonzalez, Alexandria Gordon, Brian Gorman, Tyler Grzyb, Kyle Haddle, Mark Hadley, Katelyn Halt, Morgan Hambrick, Natasha Hammonds, Katie Hanlon, Christian Harris, Austin Hazenstab, Emily Hefferon, Kathryn Heffron, Tyler Heintz, Te’Kquan Henderson, Matthew Hetzel, Jessica Hilk, Nichole Hillard, Lily Hockenberry, Jacob Hoover, Alicia Horvath, Noah Howley, Emily Hruska, Raign Hufnagel, Nicholas Hura, Danasha Ifft, Gwendolyn Jacobs, Jamin Jama, Eihab Jamel, Michael Janik, Brandon Jefferson, Rebecca Jeren, Jessica Joerndt, Abbigail Johnson, Noah Johnson, Byron Jones, Christina Jones, Kiara Jones, Steven Jones, Maria Joseph, Jacob Kelleck, Ashley Kelley, Chloe Kephart, Kassidy Kesner, Kennedy Kesner, Amer Khan, Marium Khan, Sharukh Khan, Holly King, Leah Knaus, Emily Kollar, Frank Kordic, Damian Kornegay, Brittany Krcelic, Jenna Kuczek, Allison Lara, Maria LaRocca, Ju’Kwala Lee, Eric Lemmon, Stefan Lesnansky, Trevor Leyden, Christopher Leymarie, Jon-Paul Lizotte, Sean Lonardo, Colin Loney, Donald Lucarell, Sarah Lukehart, Isaiah-Aton Lyle, Kraig Lyons, Adam Macala, Alexis Madeline, Collin Main, Melissa Maiorano, Carmen Marinucci, Jordyn Markovitch, Justin Maroni, Luke Marsco, Dominique Martinez, Marcus Masello, Austin Massey, Kevin Massie, Samuel Mathey, Kaitlin McClendon, Kaitlyn McCormick, Jessica McElroy, Caleb McFarland, Parris McGuire, Ryan McKeown, Christina McKittrick, Scott McMaster, Kevin McNally, Brianna McNeese, Peyton Menosky, Sapphire Menton, James Mikesell, Christian Miller, Eric Miller, Rachael Miller, Aaron Mills, Thomas Moody, Timothy Mook, McKenzie Moore, Stephen Moore, Elias Morales, Jamie Moran, Katelynn Morrell, Max Morrow, Madison Mueller, Michelle Murphy, Makayla Musselwhite, Gianna Napoli, Ramar Navarro, Jason Negron, Nicole Negron, Angela Nerone, Irish O’Driscoll, Christian O’Neil, Oluwadamini Ojewale, Matthew Osiniak, Lisa Palmer, Erica Palocyi, Matthew Parise, Madison Parrish, Anna Patoray, Lindsey Patterson, Sierra Patterson, Brandon Patton, Kimberly Pavelko, James Payne, Timothy Pelar, Raymond Perorazio, Zachary Peterson, Gabriella Petrillo, Randall Pfahl, Kenna Pham, Matthew Platt, Sarah Playforth, Bailey Potocki, Carrie Powell, Taylor Prebble, Sean Pregi, Jada Redd, Krystyna Reider, Elijah Reyes, Samantha Ricciuti, Tyler Richter, Jeni Riwniak, Alexandria Robertshaw, Gerritt Roon, Jacob Rosa, Ashley Rosado, Kenneth Rose, Anthony Rossi, Cassandra Roth, Stefen Roth, Hannah Roush, Alexander Rubicky, Gina Ruiz, Margaret Sailor, Corey Saluga, Darius Sanders, Julie Sands, Nicole Sanfilippo, McKenzie Sanford, Alexia Santiago, Dion Santiago, Rachel Sattarelle, Bryce Saunders, Faith Saunders, Evan Schantz, Alexis Scharringhausen, Sumner Schreiber, Seth Schuler, Emma Schwendeman, David Sciortino, Maria Sebastian, Catherine Seeco, Michael Sferra, Steven Sferra, Christa Shirilla, Christopher Shives, Annika Shuster, Alyssa Sidwell-Sutton, Benjamin Simpson, Abigail Slater, William Slipkovich, Justyne Smith, Madeline Smotzer, Austin Snovak, Dylan Snyder, Ronald Snyder, Thomas Sodeman, Joanna Sokol, Lindsay Soltis, Kara Sorvillo, Katya Sracic, Benjamin Statler, Richard Steiner, Ian Stevenson, Alyssa Stiner, Taylor Stinson, Breann Strasik, Nadya Stratton, Kellie Streb, Martin Strong, Erin Tamulonis, Marissa Taylor, Rudolph Tepsick, Katherine Terry, Julian Testa, Katilyn Testa, Alex Thomas, Gregory Thomas, Kyle Thomas, Turel Thompson, Jonathan Tiberio, Stiphany Tieu, David Timlin, Lindsey Tokarsky, Kelly Tomcsanyi, Andrah Toney, Robert Tullio, Ashley Turney, Christopher Umeck, Jared Vanasdale, Shane Varner, Thalia Velez, Megan Volosin, Melissa Walko, Merci Waller, Abigail Walton, Alexander Ward, Robert Watkins, Brittany Webster, Alexis Weeden, Branon Williams, Dionte’ Williams, Zackary Wise, Kristyn Wolf, Ryan Woolweaver, Kayla York, and Danielle Yuhas.
  BHS Seniors Receive ROTC Scholarships  
  June 5, 2014 Edition  
     TWO BOARDMAN HIGH SCHOOL SENIORS RECEIVED ROTC SCHOLARSHIPS during the school’s annual Honors Assembly. Pictured, from left, Trevor Leyden, LTC Joseph Alessi and Marcus Masello. Each scholarship is valued at $68,000.
  BHS Seniors Receive BEA Scholarship  
  June 5, 2014 Edition  
     FIVE BOARDMAN HIGH SCHOOL SENIORS have been awarded $500 Boardman Education Association scholarships. Pictured are the scholarship winners, from left, Chloe Kephart, Kelly Tomcsanyi, Carmen Marinucci, Nicholas Cordova and Christa Shirilla; and David Pavlansky, BEA president.
  Lutsch Scholarship Winners  
  BHS Seniors:   June 5, 2014 Edition  
     MRS. KIM POMA PRESENTED four Boardman High School senior with Joseph J. and Florence M. Lutsch Scholarships during the annual Honors Assembly. Pictured, from left, Stiphany Tieu, Chloe Kephart, Mrs. Poma, who serves as vice-president of the Boardman Board of Education; Alexandria Gordon and Marium Khan.
  BHS Art Show Winners  
  June 5, 2014 Edition  
     The 62nd Annual Boardman High School Art Show held recently in the high school gymnasium, displayed work by students in all Art classes. Judges for each category were: Mrs. Joyce Mistovich, retired art educator from Boardman Schools; RJ Thompson, Assistant Professor of Graphic and Interactive Design at YSU; Erika Olson, graduating with a BFA in Photography from YSU. Pictured, student award winners, left to right: Catie Groubert, First place overall in Photography 3; Niki Baker, First place overall in Graphics 3; Jessica McElroy, First place overall in Advanced Placement Art. Jessica McElroy and Sarah Demetruk tied for First place Accumulated points during their high school careers. Sarah Demetruk also received the Connie Deutsch Memorial Purchase Award. Additional first place winners include: Photo 3, 1st, Catie Groubert; Photo 2,1st, Ireland Blume; Photo 1,1st, Kellie Dunham; Graphics 1, 1st, Breanna deBlois; Graphics 2, 1st, Alex Thomas; Graphics 3, 1st, Nikki Baker; Art 1, 1st, Gina Tropea; Art 2,1st, Holly Yarab; Art 3, 1st, MeiYu Dong; Art 4, 1st, Megan Banks; Art 5, 1st, Samantha Courtney; Advanced Placement Studio Art, 1st, Jessica McElroy; Cumulative over four years: 1st Place Tie Jessica McElroy and Sarah Demetruk; and the Connie Deutsch Memorial Purchase Award, Sarah Demetruk. The show was coordinated by BHS Art teachers Mrs. Edie Davidson, Mr. Jim Cliff and Mrs. Alyssa Birch.
  Man Tells Police He Used Cement Mixer To Make Hash Oil  
  Police Seize 956 Marihuana Plants :   May 29, 2014 Edition  
      A 36-year-old optician and her 40-year-old construction worker boyfriend are facing a variety of drug-related charges after police staged a raid on their Homestead Dr. home and found more than 900 marihuana plants under cultivation.
      Police also discovered psychedelic mushrooms under cultivation in the home where two small children, ages 3 and 6, live with the couple.
      Sgt. Mike Hughes, head of the Boardman Police Department’s Narcotics Enforcement Unit (NEU) said police raided 173 Homestead Dr. where they found some 965 marihuana plants, as well as 26 mason jars that contained spores from the so-called magic mushrooms.
      In addition, Officer Hughes said “In the basement, officers discovered new construction of marihuana grow rooms.”
      Among the items confiscated during the raid was a cement mixer. Inside the mixer, police found suspected marihuana debris and when asked what the mixer was used for, police learned the device had been used to make hash oil.
      Charged with cultivating marihuana in the vicinity of a juvenile, possession of psilocybin and possession of drug paraphernalia was Amanda Hennon, 36, who told police she is an optician at America’s Best on Boardman-Poland Rd.
      She posted a $20,500 bond, police said.
      Also facing charges of illegal cultivation of marihuana, possession of psilocybin mushrooms and possession of drug paraphernalia is Thomas Charles Tibi Jr., 40, a self-employed construction worker. He was lodged in jail on a $16,500 bond.
      Also seized during the raid were the following:
      A pot pipe, a 16-gauge shotgun, a .22-caliber rifle, a .50-caliber rifle, a .45-caliber black powder rifle, a .357 lever-action rifle, two large bags of dry marihuana, two hash bags, an electronic scale, nine grow lights and a log book.
      Officers deployed on the raid on the home included Det. Tim Hughes, Ptl. William Woods, Ptl. Jeffrey Lytle, Ptl. John Gocala and Ptl. Nicholas Antonucci.
  Former School Superintendent Approved As New Supervisor Of Transportation At BLS  
  May 29, 2014 Edition  
      The Boardman Board of Education approved a variety of personnel actions during its May meeting held at Center Middle School.
      The board promoted bus driver Thomas Davis to the post of Supervisor of Transportation, effective July 1, at an annual salary of $51,007. Davis was granted a three-year contract, through June 30, 2017.
      Davis holds a masters degree in secondary administration from Youngstown State University and has 28 years experience as a teacher, principal and superintendent. He replaces Hugh Braham, who retired.
      Davis served as superintendent at United Local Schools from 2004-09; as a middle school principal for Carrollton Schools from 1999-2004; and a principal in the Springfield Local Schools from 1988-1999.
      David Kornbau was approved for a three-year contract as associate principal at Boardman High School at an annual salary of $60,573.
      13 members of the system’s classified staff were granted continuing contracts. They are Sabrina Berardino, cafeteria server; Kristine Brewer, bus driver; Mary Bryan, cafeteria server; Meriem DiNello, cleaning staff; Ryan Dunn, bus driver; Margaret Gallagher, bus driver; Lisa Gerdes, cafeteria server; Shannon Green, independent aide; Thomas Harris, bus driver; Tricia Jacobs, cafeteria server; Michele Lumpp, health aide; Elaine Majetich, health aide; and Mary Neff, health aide.
      Members of the classified staff who were granted two-year, limited contracts were Audrey Allen, teacher aide; Cory Beight, custodian; Susan Bole, cafeteria server; Kara Clark, health aide; Renee Conti, noontime monitor; Georgianna Gagich, cafeteria server; Azzerde Gaisor, cafeteria server; Candace Greene, secretary; Patricia Harris, bus aide; Donna Kominsky, bus driver; Loraine Langley, noontime monitor; Christine Merlino, bus aide; Aaron Miller, custodian; Dana Nordquist, cafeteria server; Robert Passarelli, bus driver; Heather Price, cafeteria server; Anthony Ricchiuti, bus driver; Jolene Robinson, bus driver; Kathleen Toohey, bus driver; and Cheryl Vaclav, teacher aide.
      Approved for off-staff supplemental contracts were Terry Dively, high school CEC advisor; Brian Terlesky, high school girls golf coach; Andrew Wade, varisty volleyball head coach; and Wrentie Martin, Center Middle head football coach.
      The school board accepted the resignation of Mary Hlebovy, breakfast server at Market St. Elementary School; and granted a second year of unpaid parental leave of absence to Angela Brine, West Blvd. Elementary School second grade teacher.
      Graduation ceremonies for high school seniors was set for Sun., June 8 in the school gymnasium; and the last day of classes for the rest of the students in the Boardman Local School System will be Wed., June 11.
      Three students were recognized by the school board for their entries in Law Day essay competition, sponsored by the Mahoning County Bar Association. They are Luke Carabbia, Tristan Myers and Blaise Obritz.
  Holly Welch Gets Athena Award  
  May 29, 2014 Edition  
      Among a crowd of 600 at Mr. Anthony’s in Boardman, Holly Welch, curriculum supervisor and teacher for the Youngstown City Schools, was named the recipient of the 2014 Athena Award, given annually to recognize area business and professional women who have demonstrated excellence in their chosen career, provided leadership in the community and mentored or contributed to the growth of other professional women.
      Welch’s accomplishments in the community are many----In 2006, she started the district’s biotechnology tech prep program in the basement of the Choffin Career and Technical Center. Although she only had a small classroom with one outlet and no sinks, her vision of the program was clear.
      She convinced her principal, district treasurer and the Choffin Trust Fund members that if they built it, they, the students, would come. And now, Choffin is home to a half-a-million-dollar laboratory with a waiting list to get into the program, as students earn up to 19 semester hours to Youngstown State University.
      Diana Tremblay, vice president of Global Business Services at General Motors and a former, 10-year resident of the Mahoning Valley, was the evening’s keynote speaker. In addition, the seventh annual Athena Scholarship, a $1,500, one-time award created in partnership with the Community Foundation of the Mahoning Valley, was presented to South Range High School senior Emily Erb. Erb has received numerous awards, participates in many extracurricular and volunteer activities, such as raising money to donate blankets to cancer victims and survivors, and plans to major in biology/pre-med at Youngstown State University.
      Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield also presented for the second year two additional scholarships in the amount of $1,250 each to West Branch High School senior Breanna Winters and Boardman High School senior Katherine Auth.
  Jack’s Health & Fitness Advice Eat Big, Eat Quality, Stay Small  
  May 29, 2014 Edition  
      Every other day, chances are you hear about somebody, somewhere, starting a new or another diet. It may be their first time, or their tenth time. Either way, the chances of them staying on dedicated to it, or it being successful, are low. The problem is, everyone is different, every BODY is different, and everyone has different tastes and preferences.
      The biggest problem I see is not eating enough, and what is eaten is not quality. Long story short, when you don’t eat enough, your body starves. Your metabolism will slow down, what you do eat will be stored as none other than fat, and you will have inadequate energy for lean tissue growth and everyday activities. If you were lying in a hospital bed after surgery, inactive for a week, you would still need energy intake for bodily functions, organ maintenance, and cellular repair and maintenance. The other problem of when what you bring in isn’t quality, can lead to more complications. Processed food can change DNA and alter genetics, and can also disrupt your digestive tract and nutrient absorption. Carbonated beverages cause a major disruption to digestion, and soft drinks can cause calcium depletion from bones, which may result in osteoporosis. The negatives highly outweigh the positives.
      The best way to start changing your health is to first plan to eat something approximately every 3 hours, even if it’s something small. The second thing is to try to get a majority of your food in the most natural form as possible. Fruits, vegetables, unaltered lean meats, whole grains, nuts and seeds are a great start. If you can’t pronounce the ingredient in something, or have no idea what it is, it probably should not going into your body. Use herbs and spices to season your food, and if permitted by health, salt very lightly. If you put good in, you’ll get good out. Try these few tips, and I guarantee you’ll notice a difference in just a short time.
      Jack Wilkins is a personal trainer and owner of Four Point Fitness, 8391 Market St., Boardman, a one-on-one, appointment only, training facility. Cardio-kickboxing classes are one of the many specialties offered.
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  LTC Donald Rasile Gets Boals Award  
  May 22, 2014 Edition  
     During ceremonies held on Thurs., May 14 at the Youngstown Air Reserve Station in Vienna, Lt. Col. Donald Rasile, of 45 Midwood Circle, was given the prestigious Colonel L.R. Boals Award, in recognition of his service during his military career and to the community.
      LTC Rasile is retired from Ohio Edison, and prior to that served as a manager for Kroger.
      He entered the Army National Guard in 1960. In 1964, he was selected outstanding soldier of the year for the Army National Guard and was accepted to Officer Candidate School at Ft. Benning, Ga.
      In 1985, Rasile joined the 106 Third Armed Forces Reserve School in Farrell, Pa. as a supply officer where he was promoted to lieutenant colonel.
      He then served tours at Ft. Bragg, ft. Bliss, Ft. Campbell and Ft. McClelland before retiring in 1992.
      LTC Rasile has been a member of the Mahoning County Reserve Officers Association since 1970, and has held positions as secretary, treasurer, vice president and president. he has also served as president of District Four for the state of Ohio.
      LTC Rasile is a member of the Military Officers Association of America, American Legion Post 565, Catholic War Veterans Post 1222, and the Crime Clinic of Greater Youngstown.
      More than 250 persons attended the awards ceremony where Brig. Gen. Brian Dominguez was the featured speaker.
  20th Annual Relay For Life  
  Boardman Stadium:   May 22, 2014 Edition